I am sad to report singer Sinéad O’Connor, best known for her timeless single, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” has passed away.
She was 56.
Her family released the following statement to The Irish Times:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad. Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.
Sinéad was an incredibly talented singer propelled to stardom in the 1990s with her Prince-penned single, “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
But, over the past decade, her mental health challenges and the tragic death of her son took an irreparable toll on the singer.
In 2016, Sinead O’Connor was reported missing and suicidal in Chicago.
Thankfully, she was later found safe.
Arsenio Hall filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against the singer after she claimed he supplied Prince with drugs and slipped her a Mickey.
Sinéad later issued an apology to Arsenio.
In October 2020, the singer said she was starving because she was agoraphobic.
Agoraphobia is a disorder that causes an extreme or irrational fear of entering open or crowded places, of leaving one’s own home, or of being in places from which escape is difficult.
She took to Twitter writing:
Ok here goes a reach-out. I’ve been secretly living with a physically paralyzing, trauma-related case of acute low self-esteem for the last few years and months and weeks and am lately not eating because it’s made me so agoraphobic I can’t go to the shops.
And I’m starving.
She returned to social media the following day to say she had found a meal delivery service.
In January 2022, Sinead O’Connor’s 17-year-old son Shane died by suicide.
She released the following statement:
My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided 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.
Please be at peace.
Sinéad was hospitalized days after Shane’s death after she took to social media and posted very alarming tweets about taking her own life.
Sinéad O’Connor’s cause of death has not been released.
She leaves behind three children, Jake, Roisin, and Yeshua.
My sincerest condolences and prayers to her family, friends, and all who loved her.
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