Mark Sheehan, a guitarist and co-founder of The Script, has died at the age of 46, the band has announced.

The 46-year-old died in hospital after a brief illness, according to a statement from the Irish rock band.

“Much loved husband, father, brother, band mate and friend Mark Sheehan passed away today in hospital after a brief illness,” the group Tweeted.

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