Mark Sheehan, the co-founder and guitarist of popular Irish band The Script, died earlier today, April 15. He was 46.
The band broke the news on Twitter, saying, that the musician died in hospital due to an undisclosed brief illness.
"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," they tweeted.
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
Born on Oct. 29, 1976 in Dublin, Ireland, Sheehan was a passionate musician since his early years.
He formed The Script along with longtime friend and lead vocalist Danny O'Donoghue, as well as drummer Glen Power, in 2001. From 1996 to 2001, Sheehan and O'Donoghue were part of a band named Mytown.
Since their debut, The Script has been loved by fans for their melodic, melancholy songs, such as The Man Who Can't Be Moved, Break Even, and Talk You Down, which the members write from their hearts.
According to a report by BBC, the band's 2012 hit song If You Could See Me Now was composed both by Sheehan and O'Donoghue in honor of the guitarist's deceased parents and the vocalist's late father.
While the group has been silent about Sheehan's condition prior to his demise, fans and the media began. noticing Sheehan's absence during the US leg of The Script: The Greatest Hits tour last year.
Addressing the issue, O'Donoghue told the media that Sheehan was on a break to spend time with his family and that they are supportive of his decision as they are "a band of brothers" who "stick together no matter what."
Sheehan was survived. by his wife Reena and their three children Cameron, Avery, and Lil.