Mark Sheehan, the co-founder and guitarist of the renowned Irish rock band The Script, has tragically passed away at the age of 46. The band announced the news on their social media pages, stating that Sheehan had passed away in the hospital on Friday following a brief illness.
A Loss for the Music Community
The Script, formed in Dublin in 2001, comprises of Sheehan on guitar, Danny O'Donoghue on vocals and Glenn Power on drums. The band quickly gained popularity, releasing their first full-length album "We Cry," which reached number one in the charts in Ireland and the UK.
Their subsequent albums, "Science & Faith," "#3," and "No Sound Without Silence," also topped the charts in both countries. Despite Sheehan's absence from the band's US tour last year, O'Donoghue reassured fans that the group was supportive of Sheehan's decision to take time off to spend with his family.
He referred to the band as "a band of brothers" who "stick together no matter what." Sheehan was married to Reena Sheehan, whom he met while working as a singer, and the couple had three children. The loss of Mark Sheehan has been felt across the music community, with former Westlife singer Brian McFadden describing the news as "devastating." Former Boyzone singer Mikey Graham, who lost his bandmate Stephen Gately in 2009, expressed his condolences to the band and their families, saying, "Today we lost another young legend of music." He added, "You gave the world your music, it will carry you home, Mark."
A Legacy to be Remembered
The Script will undoubtedly continue to tour the world and release original music albums, combining Irish themes with pop-rock nuances.
Mark Sheehan's contributions to the band and to the music industry as a whole will forever be remembered and cherished. The family and the band have asked fans to respect their privacy during this tragic time.