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Devastated Night Cafe fans pay tribute as lead singer Sean Martin suddenly dies aged 26: ‘So grateful to have grown up with their music’

Devastated Night Cafe fans have paid tribute after lead singer Sean Martin suddenly passed away aged 26. 

His band members announced the devastating news on social media on Monday, paying tribute to their ‘childhood best friend’. 

Sean’s cause of death has not yet been announced. 

Loyal fans soon took to X, formerly Twitter, to share their fond memories of ‘growing up’ with the band’s music.

One said: ‘Heartbreaking news. The music of my youth. RIP Sean’, while a second said: ‘Such terrible terrible news, so grateful to have been able to grown up with the night cafe’s music.’

Tragic news: The Night Cafe lead singer Sean Martin has died suddenly at the age of 26

Tragic news: The Night Cafe lead singer Sean Martin has died suddenly at the age of 26

Sad: Devastated fans have taken to social media to share their memories of 'growing up' with the band's music

Sad: Devastated fans have taken to social media to share their memories of ‘growing up’ with the band’s music

A third said: ‘rip sean. huge band for me when i first properly got into music, saw them support circa waves and was instantly on board. such a different sound and songs like endless lovers and message to myself are timeless. awful news.’

A fourth shared his memories of meeting the band: ‘This is terribly terribly sad. met him in Birmingham a few years ago whilst watching the band of who we were brilliant. Rest in peace.’

Guitarist Josh Higgins, 26, guitar, drummer Carl Dillon, 27, and bassist Arran O’Connell, 26, released a joint statement that read: ‘We are devastated to share the sudden passing of our best friend Sean. 

‘Words can’t describe the pain we are feeling right now, we’re still struggling to process it all. We ask everyone to respect the privacy of Sean’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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‘Sean was not just our band mate, he was our childhood best friend that we shared so many memories with before the band even started.’

They continued: ‘We made so many more memories along the way and achieved things we only dreamt of that we will cherish forever.

‘His memory will live on forever in our hearts and through the music he put out into the world for you all. RIP Sean Martin ❤️’

Devastated: Fans have been left shocked by Sean's very sudden passing

Devastated: Fans have been left shocked by Sean’s very sudden passing

Heartbreaking: Guitarist Josh Higgins, 26, drummer Carl Dillon, 27, and bassist Arran O'Connell, 26, released a joint statement paying tribute to Sean (2R)

Heartbreaking: Guitarist Josh Higgins, 26, drummer Carl Dillon, 27, and bassist Arran O’Connell, 26, released a joint statement paying tribute to Sean (2R)

Tribute: Sean's mother Catherine and The Wombats - formed of Matthew Murphy, Tord Øverland Knudsen, and Dan Haggis - paid tribute online

Tribute: Sean’s mother Catherine and The Wombats – formed of Matthew Murphy, Tord Øverland Knudsen, and Dan Haggis – paid tribute online

The Night Cafe, whose name is inspired by the Vincent van Gogh painting, formed in 2013 and released two EPs: Get Away from the Feeling and Bunkbed in 2017 and 2018, before releasing their debut studio album 0151 in 2019.

The Liverpudlian group opened for The Wombats – formed of Matthew Murphy, Tord Øverland Knudsen, and Dan Haggis – who paid tribute online. 

They commented: ‘So sorry to hear this guys, he was literally the nicest, most lovely guy to have around on tour. 

‘Not to mention how talented and amazing he was. Our thoughts are with you all and Sean’s closest. Lots of love and fond memories, The Bats x’

Sean’s mother Catherine thanked fans for their support as she shared: ‘Thank you to everyone for your love and supportive messages for our beautiful and talented son Sean ❤️❤️❤️’

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She added on Facebook: ‘Thank you so much to all of you for the heartfelt messages for our beautiful Sean. 

‘His music, the songs he wrote, the person he was, his smile, his heart and soul were so very precious. Your voices are a comfort to us all at this time.’ 

Last year, Sean revealed he was struggling with his health and needed surgery to help with a mystery ailment. 

Hearbreaking: Drummer Carl shared a snap of the band as he paid tribute on Instagram

Hearbreaking: Drummer Carl shared a snap of the band as he paid tribute on Instagram

He told fans on Facebook in April: ‘Some of you may know that I’ve been struggling with my health for the past couple years, which has been a huge obstacle for TNC an to be honest its been a pretty hard an s**t time for us all. 

‘Thankfully though I’ve recently had a diagnosis which explains whats been going on, but unfortunately it means I need to go into surgery next week. (on my birthday)

‘That means we are sorry to say we have to pull out of @wombatsofficial shows this month. We are wounded but to be honest, we are so excited to finally be able to move forward properly with nothing in our way.’

Taking time out: Last year, Sean revealed he was struggling with his health and needed surgery to help with a mystery ailment

Taking time out: Last year, Sean revealed he was struggling with his health and needed surgery to help with a mystery ailment

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