‘Utterly devastated’: The Script’s guitarist Mark Sheehan dies aged 46 following a brief illness as fans rush to pay their respects
The Script guitarist Mark Sheehan has died in hospital aged 46 following a brief illness, leaving his bandmates ‘utterly devastated’.
His shock passing was announced on the Irish band’s official Facebook page on Friday, two weeks after the group’s latest gig was announced.
Their statement said: ‘Much loved husband, father, brother, band mate and friend Mark Sheehan passed away today in hospital after a brief illness’.
It continued: ‘The family and group ask fans to respect their privacy at this tragic time.’
The announcement prompted more than 2,000 comments and well-wishes from fans within minutes of it being posted.
Sad news: The Script’s guitarist Mark Sheehan has sadly passed away it’s been annouced (pictured in 2020)
RIP: His shock passing was announced on Friday on the Irish band’s official Facebook page, two weeks after the group’s latest gig was announced (L-R) Mark Sheehan, Danny O’Donoghue and Glen Joseph in 2019
The father-of-three lived in America with wife Rina with the Sunday World reporting his ‘utterly devastated’ bandmates are busy making flight plans for family and friends.
Mark took time away from the band and missed nearly a year of gifs in 2021 in order to spend more time with his family.
‘His children needed a father and his wife needed a husband,’ lead singer Danny O’Donoghue, 42, told the publication.
Going on to say that it was the ‘best thing that could have happened’ and the musician returned to the trio ‘refreshed’.
He also told the newspaper that his pal was ‘the perfect songwriting partner’ with the pair having collaborated on a whole string of hits.
The group were formed in Dublin in 2001, with Mark on guitar, Glen Power on drums and Danny sinning.
They went on to sell 20M records worldwide include The Man Who Can’t be Moved, For The First Time, We Cry and Hall of Fame.
It was reported at the end of March the group were set to play The Halls in Wolverhampton in June.
RIP: Their statement said: ‘Much loved husband, father, brother, band mate and friend Mark Sheehan passed away today in hospital after a brief illness’
Danny and Mark Sheehan wrote the tune around the opening days of the group’s arena tour last summer with co-writers and collaborators Jimbo Barry and David Lucius King, as well as Toby Gad, the songwriter behind John Legend’s All Of Me, Beyoncé’s ‘If I Were a Boy’.
The band was scheduled to support P!nk on her UK tour in June with concerts in Manchester, Sunderland and Birmingham announced.
They were also set to support Take That at their London gig a month later.
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