Sam Cutler, Legendary Tour Manager For Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Dead At 80

Sam Cutler, John Perry Barlow, And Ramblin' Jack Elliott
(L-R) Tour Manager Sam Cutler, Folk Singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow at Sam Cutler’s party on April 18, 2010 in San Rafael, California. (Photo by Stephen Somerstein/Getty Images)

Sam Cutler, who managed both the Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones as well as many other notable acts of the classic rock era, died in Brisbane, Australia, July 11 after a battle with cancer, his family announced.

 The statement from Cutler’s children Bodhi and Chesley Cutler and first reported by Relix, said, “Sam Cutler, our father, your friend, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, July 11th, at age 80.” It continued, “Our father was first diagnosed with cancer nearly a decade ago, and it is with gratitude that Sam’s family thank the wonderful doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and administrators in ALL hospitals that our father received treatment within.

“Many people from across our big beautiful world crossed paths with Sam in his life, and many more formed timeless memories with him that are each beautiful encapsulation of the man that he was.” The siblings added, “Sam would want nothing more for his friends to continue to form timeless memories with whomever they meet and to share those memories with him in the next love.”

Dead & Company, the successor band of the Grateful Dead, is preparing to close its final tour in San Francisco with its final stand at Oracle Park, starting tonight.

This story is developing and will be updated.