The singer was best known for her hit single “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which catapulted her to international stardom and sold millions of copies worldwide.
O’Connor went on to be Grammy-nominated, creating eleven albums in her brief career.
Her family issued a statement earlier today (July 26), in which they said that it is with profound sorrow that they announce the passing of their dear Sinéad.
It went on to say that her family and friends are heartbroken and have requested privacy during this exceptionally hard time.
O’Connor died barely over a year after the death of her son, Shane, who died at the age of 17.
In her most recent tweet, the mother-of-four expressed her grief at the death of her oldest son, saying that he has been living as an undead night creature since. He was her life’s love, the light of her spirit. They were one soul in two halves, she remarked. He was the only one who ever really loved her. Without him, she is lost in the bardo.
Following the devastating news, condolences for the late artist, who was born in Glenageary, began to stream in.
Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was among many who expressed their condolences, writing, “Really sorry to hear of the passing of Sinéad O’Connor.”
“Her music was loved around the world, and her talent was unmatched and beyond compare. Condolences to her family, her friends, and all who loved her music.”
His message concluded with the Gaelic phrase ‘Ar dheis Dé go Raibh a hAnam,’ which translates to “rest in peace.”
The news will probably shock O’Connor’s supporters, who have been following her since the late 1980s.
Her debut album, The Lion and the Cobra, entered the top 40 in the United Kingdom in 1987, and she went on to have mega-hits including “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
She was also a political activist who famously ripped up a portrait of Pope John Paul II during a Saturday Night Live performance.
It led in the performer being barred from broadcaster NBC, but she remained unfazed by the event even later in life, telling the New York Times that ‘it was amazing’ in a 2021 interview.
After converting to Islam at the end of her life, O’Connor changed her name to Shuhada but continued to use her stage name until her death.
The singer’s three children are still alive.
May her soul rest in peace.
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