Mark Sheehan the guitarist with Irish band The Script, has died aged 46.
Sheehan served as guitarist with the band since their formation in 2001.He died in hospital following a brief illness, according to reports.
Confirming the news regarding Sheehan’s death via social media, The Script released this statement.
“Much loved husband, father, brother, band mate andd friend Mark Sheehan passed away in hospital after a brief illness”, the band tweeted.
“The family and group ask fans to respect their privacy at this tragic time”.
Much loved husband, father, brother, band mate and friend Mark Sheehan passed away today in hospital after a brief illness. The family and group ask fans to respect their privacy at this tragic time. pic.twitter.com/6HaShCk8l4
— the script (@thescript) April 14, 2023
Mark Sheehan spent a lot of his time in the US with his wife Rina. The couple had three children Cameron, Avery and Lil. Their first child Cameron was born 18 years ago.
Having missed a series of gigs in 2021 and 2022 to spend more time with his family, Mark Sheehan returned to the stage with The Script last Summer for shows in Belfast, Cork’s Musgrave Park, and Dublin’s 3Arena.
Sheehan was also close friends with the Script’s lead singer Danny O’Donoghue, who began as music duo My Town in the 1990s.
After they disbanded, Sheehan and O’Donoghue spent some time in LA, where they learned their craft as musicians, and how the industry worked.
The pair were joined by drummer Glen Power, and the Script was later formed.
Earlier this year, rumours emerged linking Power with the role of sticksman with Foo Fighters. More on this here.
After releasing their self titled debut album in 2008, The Script subsequently sold 20 million records, including hits such as ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’, ‘For The First Time’ and ‘Hall Of Fame’.