Sinéad O'Connor: Irish Singer of 'Nothing Compares 2 U' Passes Away at 56 - Updated
Sinéad O’Connor, the Irish singer who soared to international fame with 'Nothing Compares 2 U,' has died at the age of 56. Her family confirmed her passing, expressing their devastation and requesting privacy during this difficult time.
Born Sinéad Marie-Bernadette O’Connor on December 8, 1966, in Dublin, Ireland, she later converted to Islam and adopted the name Shuhada Sadaqat, while still maintaining her professional name. Her rendition of Prince's song 'Nothing Compares 2 U' topped charts globally and earned her three Grammy nominations. The song was part of her acclaimed album 'I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got,' leading Rolling Stone to name her Artist of the Year in 1991.
O’Connor was known for her bold views on religion, sex, feminism, and war. A critic of the Catholic Church, she famously ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live. She had a public feud with Frank Sinatra over her refusal to play The Star-Spangled Banner at her concert and briefly declared support for the Irish Republican Army.
Despite announcing her retirement from music in 2003, O’Connor continued to produce new music. Her most recent album, 'I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss,' was released in 2014. She was open about her personal life, discussing her mental health and sexuality openly. After the tragic suicide of her teenage son Shane in 2022, she was hospitalized following a heartbreaking social media post.
In January 2022, Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor's 17-year-old son, Shane, tragically took his own life. Shane was found dead after his disappearance raised concerns amongst the Irish police who had been urgently seeking his whereabouts. Prior to the heartbreaking discovery, Shane had absconded from a medical centre where he was under watch due to suicide risk.
Following the devastating news of her son's death, O'Connor took to Twitter to address the bereavement. The 55-year-old artist mournfully expressed, "My beautiful son, Nevi'im Nesta Ali Shane O'Connor, the very light of my life, chose to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God. May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much."
O'Connor paid a public tribute to Shane through a Bob Marley song, Ride natty ride, writing, "This one's for my Shaney. The light of my life. The lamp of my soul. My blue-eyed baby. You'll forever be my light. We'll always be together. No boundary can separate us."
Shane's disappearance was initially publicised on the singer's social media platforms, where she had
pleaded with her son to return safely. During this distressing period, O'Connor tweeted desperate appeals to Shane, saying, "Shane, your life is precious. God didn't carve that beautiful smile on your beautiful face for nothing. My world would crumble without you. You are my heart. Please, don't stop beating. Please, don't harm yourself. Go to Gardai (Irish Police) and we'll get you to the hospital."
Shane was the son of O'Connor and Donal Lunny, a renowned Irish folk musician and producer. Before his tragic ending, the singer had previously requested prayers for Shane's well-being on several occasions. The depth of her worry was especially clear in a tweet she made back in 2021, where she implored her followers: "I beg you to pray for my son Shane, the light of my life."
In addition to Shane, O'Connor has three other children: Jake, Roisin, and Yeshua, from different relationships. However, it was Shane's struggles that seemed to overshadow the previous year, leading to a tragic outcome that has left the world mourning the loss of a young life.
Her death comes as a profound loss to the music world. The cause of death has not yet been reported. Rest in Peace, Sinéad O’Connor.
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