Mark Sheehan death update: Script pays tribute to guitarist who passed away at 46

Mark Sheehan: Script guitarist and co-founder dies at 46

Tributes are pouring in from across the music industry in the wake of the passing of The Script co-founder and guitarist Mark Sheehan.

The Irish musician passed away after a short illness at the age of 46.

“Husband, father, brother, bandmate and friend Mark Sheehan passed away today in hospital after a short illness,” the band said in a statement on Friday (April 14).

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

Lead singer Danny O’Donoghue and Sheehan were best friends growing up in Dublin before forming the rock band in 2001 with the addition of drummer Glen Power.

They released their eponymous debut album in August 2008, which included the singles “The Man Who Couldn’t Move” and “Breakven”.

After six studio albums, the band released a Greatest Hits compilation album in 2021.

Scroll down for live updates and tributes to Sheehan when they arrive.


The boys take Mrs. Brown’s share of the tribute

“We were so honored to work with Mark Sheehan on our film and TV show, and our sincere condolences to your family and friends, you are truly loved and will be missed by millions, my tight brother,” they wrote.

Eli HarrisonApril 15, 2023 12:30


Eli HarrisonApril 15, 2023 11:30


Why did Sheehan take a break from his career?

Lead vocalist Danny O’Donoghue announced last year that Sheehan was taking a break from The Script’s US tour to spend time with his family.

“It’s his story to tell, but yeah, I think if I can paraphrase, his kids need a father and his wife needs a husband,” said the singer.

It’s been the engine of The Script for a long time, [I told him] that “If you want to spend time with your family, you are more than welcome, and I insist you go and do it.”

He added that the group was supportive and described them as a “band of brothers” who “stick together no matter what”.

Eli HarrisonApril 15, 2023 10:42


The President of Ireland issues a statement regarding Sheehan’s death

Irish President Michael D Higgins issued a statement regarding Sheehan’s death.

The book states: “All those who knew Mark Sheehan, and the millions of others who enjoyed and appreciated his music, will be deeply shocked to hear of his untimely passing.

It was a mark of originality and distinction that Mark and his colleagues at The Script have sought to bring them to such worldwide success, including their first six albums in the UK and their third album in the US – a truly remarkable feat.

“It was a great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to host Mark and The Script when they performed at Áras an Uachtaráin in 2013 as part of my Glaoch – The President’s Call initiative, which celebrated Irish creativity, its spread and influence across the world.

Through their music, Mark and The Script have played a prominent role in continuing and enhancing this proud tradition of Irish musical success around the world.

The president concluded with an Irish phrase, “suaimhneas síoraí dá anam,” which means “eternal peace to his soul.”

Eli HarrisonApril 15, 2023 09:30


Ella Henderson shares a long tribute to Sheehan

Singer Ella Henderson posted a heartfelt tribute to Sheehan on Instagram after news of her death broke.

the previous x factor The contestant shared photos of herself with The Script and Sheehan along with the caption: “Mark, I am absolutely devastated. No one will ever be able to come close to the energy you had on stage and the hilarious banter you had behind the scenes.

I just want to take a moment for all of us to share our love and appreciation for Mark Sheehan. A true rock star who must be remembered for the love and light he brought to this earth! May you rest in peace. May your music live on forever.

She continued, “Sending so much love to all of Mark’s family and close friends and of course to my Irish brothers @thescriptofficial… I know the last video is the best quality… but I wanted to share with you all how this guy gave it his all and ran around that stage every night.” On tour. You own it Mark. I will always remember you that way. All my love… lil your northern sister xxx Ella xxxxxx.”

Tom MurrayApril 15, 2023 08:24


Laura Whitmore plays tribute

former Love Island Host Laura Whitmore was among the celebrities who commented on Sheehan’s death on Instagram.

Commenting on The Script’s announcement post, Whitmore wrote: “Thinking of all of you at this time. Mark was one of the nicest, most talented guys you could ever meet.”

Tom MurrayApril 15, 2023 07:20


Tom MurrayApril 15, 2023 06:23


Was the cause of death mentioned?

All we know so far is that Sheehan passed away in hospital after a “brief illness.” He was 46 years old.

No further information was provided and the band requested “privacy at this tragic time”.

Tom MurrayApril 15, 2023 05:20


Fans share Sheehan’s memories

Many fans responded to The Script’s ad with their own anecdotes of meeting Sheehan.

“I’m so depressed to read this!!! I met you about 10 years ago in Dubai and we had the best night!! Don’t stop laughing he was such a sweet guy!! RIP Mark,” one fan wrote, along with a photo from the night.

“Heartbroken. I can never thank Mark enough for all he has done for me over the years. Thinking of you all!” wrote another.

Another person shared a selfie with the guitarist with the caption: “Oh he was so amazing. I will never forget meeting him in 2011!”

Tom MurrayApril 15, 2023 04:25


Kodaline’s tribute to Sheehan

Fellow Irish rockers Kodalyn were among the first people to react to The Script’s manifesto.

The band wrote on Twitter: “Sorry to hear of the passing of Mark Sheehan! We’ve had the great fortune to spend time in his company over the years and he’s always been an amazing guy! My deepest condolences to his family and brothers @tescript.”

Tom MurrayApril 15, 2023 03:26

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