Ireland – Andrew Mann, twice a Eurosong hopeful for Ireland, has sadly died. Friends of the Irish singer/songwriter have expressed their shock and sadness on social media.
Mann attempted to represent Ireland at Eurovision in 2012 with ‘Here I am’, but he was beaten by Jedward. He tried again in 2014 singing ‘Be mine‘. Mann also took part in the Voice of Ireland in 2013.
His death comes just three months after his ex-girlfriend, Alli MacDonnell, took her own life after revealing her horrendous online bullying.
Keywest singer Andy Kavanagh wrote: “I just got the shocking news that my friend and fellow musician Andrew Mann has passed.
“Another beautiful soul lost needlessly. Life can get so very complicated so quickly. I’ve known Andrew for many years as a musician but in recent years we’ve really become good friends.
“He was a gentle, positive person and I loved being around him. This has definitely hit me very hard. If you have a minute go watch him sing.”
Greg French, who wrote ‘Here I am‘ for Mann, said on Facebook,
“Today i mourn a true friend, the kindest and most honourable human, a kindred spirit …Loving father, son, brother and music comrade to so many. Love you and miss you Mann”
The death is not being treated as suspicious and he had recently been treated for personal issues. They leave behind a 2-year old daughter.