Major update in Sinead O’Connor’s death after she shared heartbreaking post about late son Shane days before death

Sinéad O’Connor, an Irish singer-songwriter whose interpretation of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” was a huge hit in the 1990s, has died at the age of 56. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad,” her family informed The Irish Times. Her family and friends are distraught and have asked for privacy during this difficult time.

“Critics appreciated O’Connor’s music, and she became recognized all over the world, but she also struggled with her mental health and was frequently at the heart of controversy due to her strong views on political and social issues. O’Connor was born in Dublin on December 8, 1966. She had a difficult upbringing as a result of what she believes was physical abuse by her mother.

She discovered her singing voice at the asylum when she was 15 and incarcerated for theft and truancy. She made her film début at the age of 20 in The Lion and the Cobra (1987). O’Connor was nominated for a Grammy, and the album topped charts all around the world.It was named a top album of the 1980s by both Slant and Pitchfork, with the former calling it “one of the most electrifying debuts in rock history” and the latter saying that its “themes of patriotism, sexuality, Catholicism, and social oppression set the stage for a career marked by a resolute sense of independence.”

O’Connor became famous all around the world, and her shaved head became a symbol of her defiance of standard female beauty demands. O’Connor’s most popular album to date was 1990’s I Do Not Want What I Don’t Have, which featured her cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The Billboard Music Awards named it the “#1 World Single” of 1990, and it is frequently included in best-of collections.

Despite continuing to create critically praised albums, O’Connor’s global fame declined. Most memorably, while performing Bob Marley’s “War” on Saturday Night Live in 1992, she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II, imploring viewers to “fight the real enemy.”The gathering, intended as a protest against the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abuse cases, was highly derided.

Despite the setback to her career, O’Connor later stated, “Everyone wants a pop star, see?” However, I am a protest singer. I just needed to get some things off my chest. “I had no desire for fame,” she writes in her memoir Rememberings, published in 2021. She served as a priest in the Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church while also criticizing the Catholic Church. However, she announced in 2018 that she was changing her name to Shuhada’ Davitt to represent her new Islamic beliefs.

Among the many mental health diagnoses O’Connor acquired throughout her life were complex post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder. She admitted to Oprah Winfrey in 2007 that she attempted suicide on her 33rd birthday. Shane O’Connor, O’Connor’s son, committed himself last year at the age of 17. Following the murder of her son, O’Connor claimed that she would never sing again, postponing the release of her new album and canceling a tour. “There will never be anything to sing about again,” she said.

Her three children will be devastated. The family did not reveal the reason of death.Musicians from all across the world paid tribute to O’Connor’s music and advocacy work as they mourned her death. “Desperately sad news about Sinead O’Connor,” folk vocalist Grace Petrie tweeted about the singer’s death. “An amazing musician and an incredible voice for justice who deserved far better than the many ways in which music and media treated her.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen an artist take a risk or take a stand comparable to the one she took in 1992 on the biggest stage she’d ever had.” Completely uncompromising. Rest in your strength.”

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