The Script guitarist and co-founder Mark Sheehan dies aged 46

Mark Sheehan, the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band The Script, has died after ‘brief illness’

Sheehan, who formed the band alongside frontman Danny O’Donoghue and drummer Glen Power, died in hospital after a brief illness.

The band’s official social media accounts confirmed the tragic news on Friday.

Success followed in 2008 with their album The Script reaching number one in the UK and Ireland, helped by the popularity of singles such as Breakeven.

Other hits included We Cry and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, with the latter peaking at number two in the UK singles charts.

O’Donoghue and Sheehan have been friends since their school days and had pursued various musical projects together before The Script.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media for the Irish musician.

Fellow Irish rock band Kodaline described the late star as a “lovely man” as they sent their condolences to his family.

The band tweeted: “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 The Script brothers.”

Other celebrities were also quick to honour his memory on social media.In statement posted on Instagram, Irish presenter Laura Whitmore wrote: “Thinking of you all at this time.“Mark was one of the nicest and most talented men you could meet.”In their own Instagram tribute, Irish pop duo Jedward said: “Everyone in the Irish music industry and worldwide mourn your loss RIP Mark such a talented musician from The Script one of the most iconic Irish groups of our generation.”

The Script are scheduled to support the American artist P!nk during her European tour later this year.