Earlier today, The Script announced that their guitarist Mark Sheehan passed away at the age of 46. The post 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 ask fans to respect their privacy at this tragic time.”
Sheeran was a co-founder of the band, along with his best friends Danny O’Donoghue and drummer Glen Power. They had been making music together since 2001 and created hits like “Breakeven” and “The Hall of Fame”.
The band released 6 albums together and topped charts around the world. In 2008, they were awarded the Best Selling Irish Act at the World Music Awards. They went on to be nominated for World’s Best Group in 2014, as well as winning several other awards over the years.
Fans and fellow artists have been grieving and paying their respects publically on social media. Hozier commented on the Instagram post saying, “So saddened to hear about this. Thinking of you all and of Mark’s family right now and sending love. Sincere condolences to you all.” Gavin DeGraw wrote, “I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending much love and peace to you guys. He was an amazing guy. A true gentleman. And will be missed terribly.”
This past year, The Script had a massive world tour. Unfortunately, Sheehan sat that leg of the tour out but later rejoined the band in Europe. However, that was noted to be to spend more time with family. There hasn’t been much said of the illness that had him hospitalized.
As cliche as it sounds, make sure to love the people around you. Take a note from Mark Sheehan to do what you love, but more importantly, make time for the people you love.