The Script have spoken about Mark Sheehan’s death as 2023 comes to a close (Picture: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images)
The Script have welcomed 2024 with a heartbreaking message after their beloved bandmate Mark Sheehan died in April.
Lead guitarist Sheehan was 46 when he died after a brief, undisclosed illness.
‘Much loved husband, father, brother, band mate and friend Mark Sheehan passed away today in hospital after a brief illness,’ the band’s statement said at the time.
‘The family and group ask fans to respect their privacy at this tragic time.’
Sheehan was one of the founding members of the band – formed in 2001 – alongside Danny O’Donoghue and drummer Glen Power.
Now, the band have reflected on 2023 and have dubbed it their ‘hardest’ year yet.
Sheehan died aged 46 in April (Picture: Ollie Millington/WireImage)
Danny O’Donoghue and Glen Power remain in The Script (Picture: Shutterstock)
Taking to X, formerly Twitter, the band posted an emotional message about their loss.
‘This year has been the hardest year for us as a band, but playing out this summer and having the support of #TheScriptFamily has meant the world to both of us,’ they said.
‘We couldn’t have done it without you. So we’re raising a glass to all of you tonight. Happy New Year and we hope 2024 brings you happiness. Big love, Glen and Danny. xx’
At the time of Sheehan’s death, it took a while for members of the band to come to terms with their loss and speak out about their grief in public.
Glen wrote a lengthy tribute to his friend, who he said always had a knack for making the band laugh during press interviews.
He also branded the late musician a ‘unique brand of genius’ when it came to songwriting.
‘Thank you for pushing me outside my comfort zone and believing in me. But most of all, thank you for the laughs, for the friendship and for bringing us all together,’ he concluded.
Sheehan died after a brief, undisclosed illness (Picture: Carla Speight/Getty Images)
Danny took to social media the following month with an image of a candle burning in the darkness, and wrote how the band were switching off their personal accounts because they needed to be ‘one big family’ in their grief.
The band played at BST Hyde Park in July, and video footage captured by Metro.co.uk showed an emotional Danny thanking the crowd for their support over such a tough time.
The 43 year old said: He (Sheehan) was so much looking forward to coming out and playing these shows, so I’m gonna dedicated a song to him right now.’
He then played If You Could See Me Now, which was written about the death of both Sheehan and Danny’s parents.
The lyrics were loaded with emotion, and go: ‘I still look for your face in the crowd, oh, if you could see me now.’
Bassist Ben Sargeant who plays for the band paid tribute to ‘a man who had a life-changing impact’ on him and many others in April.
The band were formed in 2001 and shot to success seven years later with their debut album (Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
‘A fiercely loyal and dedicated family man, husband, father, brother, friend. A man who showed me that persistence, belief, dedication and hard graft does pay off in the music industry!’ he said of his late friend.
He went on to say he was ‘honoured to have known you and shared these times with you, thank you for all you did for me.
‘I will miss you terribly and I will never forget you. Love you. See you at the big bar in the sky, brother.’
Celebrities all flocked to pay tribute too, with fellow Irish band Kodaline writing: ‘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’.
The Irish president Michael D Higgins also spoke out about Sheehan’s death, and as did Jedward and Laura Whitmore.
The Script broke through into the charts with their number one album in 2008 and went on to sell over 30million records.
Notable tracks include Breakeven and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved.
The Script continue to make music and tour after Sheehan’s death, with dates lined up in June this year supporting Pink.
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