Music exec Dave Kirby dies at 56

Founded and served as chairman of booking agency TKO

Dave Kirby, founder and chairman of music industry booking agency TKO, died Sept. 18 of prostate cancer at his home in Manhattan Beach, Calif. He was 56.

TKO, created in September 2005 as a moniker of the Kirby Organization, sports a roster of more than 100 artists, including Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Motorhead, Anthrax, Hellyeah, Mudvayne, the Cult, Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger of the Doors and Hank III.

The firm was nominated for the Boutique Booking Agency of the Year award at the 2010 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.

An avid sailor, Kirby was diagnosed last year and elected to take a back seat at the company to spend more time with his family. Survivors include his wife Christine and teenage sons David and Alex.

"Although we are very sad to lose a mentor, friend and family member, Dave made it very clear to us upon his diagnosis that he wanted TKO to thrive in his absence," said Mike Monterulo, the agency's CEO. "The company will not only thrive but also grow, expanding its reach and continuing to further define our place as one of the music industry's most respected boutique agencies."

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Kirby's name be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. A memorial is planned for late October.