The news of rock promoter Barry Fey's death spread quickly on Sunday evening, in Colorado and beyond.
When Colorado governor John Hickenlooper opened an email with the news on Sunday, it took a few seconds to register.
"Reading the news that he'd died, it was like, 'He can't die'," Hickenlooper said on Monday morning. "He's a part of the firmament. He's part of the social architecture of Colorado. He is the foundation for the musical architecture of Colorado."
The legendary Fey, credited as one of the craftiest promoters in the history of the live music industry, died Sunday at 73.
On Monday afternoon, his family and close friends said there would soon be a private funeral and asked for privacy, via Fey's still-active Facebook page.
"We will be planning a celebration of his life in the coming days and will let everyone know so that you can celebrate with us the amazing things he accomplished," the Facebook post read.
The post went on to ask that instead of flowers a donation be made in his name to the Preserve the Rocks Fund, a Red Rocks-focused maintenance account, via Arts & Venues, 1245 Champa St., Denver, Colorado, 80204.