Mark Sheehan: The Script guitarist dies aged 46 following brief illness

Mark Sheehan plays guitar in 2013

Mark Sheehan rose to fame with the script

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 14/04/2023

- 19:08

Updated: 14/04/2023

- 21:44

A brief statement from the band called on fans to respect the family's privacy

The Script guitarist Mark Sheehan has died at the age of 46, following a brief illness.

A statement from the band read: “Much loved husband, father, brother, band mate and friend Mark Sheehan passed away today in hospital after a brief illness.

“The family and group asks fans to respect their privacy at this tragic time.”

The Script were formed in 2001 with Sheehan as one of the founding members, along with Glen Power on drums and lead singer Danny O'Donoghue.

Their eponymous debut album was released in 2008 and it went to number one in both the UK and Ireland.

It featured hits such as We Cry, Breakeven, and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, with the latter peaking at number two in the UK singles charts.

The band have released six studio albums and one compilation project, Tales From The Script – Greatest Hits, which dropped in 2021.

Six of these peaked at number one in the UK charts while their third album, Number 3, made it to number two.

Bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Kings Of Leon, Radiohead, Blur and Muse all also have six number one records to their name, according to the Official Charts.

Paying tribute to Sheehan, fellow Irish rock band Kodaline said in a statement posted to Twitter: “So sorry to hear the passing of Mark Sheehan.

“We had the great fortune of getting to spend time in his company over the years and was always such a lovely man. Deepest condolences to his family and his @thescript brothers.”

Other celebrities were also quick to honour his memory on social media.

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