In the early 1990s, Sinéad O’Connor, also known legally as Shuhada’ Sadaqat, rose to fame while her homeland, Ireland, was still suffering from The Troubles. By expressing her support for the nationalists in Northern Ireland, the singer became a subject of controversy. Nevertheless, she emerged as a prominent figure representing a generation, but sadly, that influential voice has now passed away.
O’Connor’s family disclosed on July 26 that she had died at 56 years old. They requested privacy during this challenging period. Her body was discovered at a private residence in London, and authorities later confirmed that her death was not considered suspicious.
As per the police, they compiled a report to present to the coroner. The London Inner South Coroner’s Court released a statement stating that the cause of death had not been determined yet. Although an autopsy is scheduled, it may take several weeks before results are available. The coroner’s statement also emphasized that they will assess whether an investigation is required.
The Irish singer gained fame in 1990 with her rendition of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Interestingly, despite the song’s success, she had a strained relationship with Prince, as revealed in a 2021 interview with PEOPLE magazine where she stated, “I didn’t like the man.”
Throughout her career, O’Connor released 10 studio albums and achieved numerous accolades, including a Grammy award. She was renowned for her controversial opinions, not only regarding the Irish war but also in matters of religion. In a notable incident in 1992 during an appearance on Saturday Night Live, she sparked controversy by tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II that she had taken from her mother’s wall.
In 2022, the singer faced immense grief when her son, Shane Lunny, tragically died by suicide. Upon announcing his passing, she expressed her wish for him to rest in peace and urged others not to follow his path.
O’Connor leaves behind her three surviving children: Roisin, Jake, and Yeshua.