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Ireland’s president has led tributes to Mark Sheehan, guitarist with Irish rock band The Script, after his death at the age of 46.
The band said Sheehan died in a hospital on Friday after a brief illness. In a statement, The Script called him a “much loved husband, father, brother, band mate and friend.”
Formed in Dublin in 2001 by Sheehan, singer Danny O’Donoghue and drummer Glen Power, The Script topped U.K. and Irish charts with its self-titled debut album in 2008. It included the hits “We Cry,” “Breakeven” and “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved,” which reached No. 1 in five countries.
The band’s pop-inflected rock sound made it one of Ireland’s biggest bands in the 2010s. The Script went on to have six Top 10 albums in the U.K. and one top three album in the U.S.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins praised the band’s “originality and excellence” and sent condolences to Sheehan’s family.
“Through their music, Mark and The Script have played an outstanding part in continuing and promoting this proud tradition of Irish musical success across the world,” Higgins said.
Among those paying tribute to Sheehan on social media was Take That, with the group’s official Twitter account posting Saturday, “We are deeply saddened to hear the news about the passing of our beautiful friend Mark Sheehan. Sending all our love and prayers to his and @thescript family at this time. Thinking of you all.”
The musician is survived by his wife, Rina Sheehan, and their three children.
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