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Renowned Singer Sinéad O’Connor Known for ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ Passes Away at 56

Sinéad O’Connor at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 9, 2020.
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Renowned singer, Sinéad O’Connor, who achieved fame with her timeless hit, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” has passed away at the age of 56.

Her family conveyed the heart-wrenching news through a statement given to The Irish Times:

“With profound sorrow, we announce the departure of our beloved Sinéad. Her family and friends are devastated and kindly request privacy during this incredibly challenging time.”

Sinéad’s extraordinary vocal talent brought her into the limelight during the 1990s, especially with the Prince-penned masterpiece, “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

However, the past decade had been a tumultuous journey for her, as she faced significant mental health struggles and suffered the tragic loss of her son, leaving an indelible mark on the singer.

In 2016, Sinead O’Connor was reported missing and showing signs of distress in Chicago, raising concerns for her safety.

Fortunately, she was later located, safe and sound.

Following the singer’s claims that Arsenio Hall provided drugs to Prince and drugged her, Arsenio Hall took legal action and filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against her.

However, in due course, Sinéad realized her mistake and issued an apology to Arsenio.

In October 2020, she revealed that she was battling agoraphobia, a disorder characterized by an intense and irrational fear of open or crowded spaces, making it challenging to leave one’s home or be in situations where escape might be difficult. During that time, her struggle with agoraphobia led her to face significant difficulties, including starvation.

It’s essential to approach mental health issues with empathy and understanding, as they can profoundly impact individuals and their well-being.

On Twitter, she wrote, “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.”

The day after, she resurfaced on social media to share that she had discovered a meal delivery service.

Tragically, in January 2022, Sinead O’Connor faced the devastating loss of her 17-year-old son, Shane, who 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.”

Shortly after the tragic passing of her son, Shane, Sinéad’s mental state deteriorated, and she was admitted to the hospital. Alarmed by her distressing tweets hinting at suicidal thoughts, her loved ones sought urgent medical attention for her.

As of now, the cause of Sinéad O’Connor’s death remains undisclosed.

She is survived by her three children, Jake, Roisin, and Yeshua.

In this difficult time, my heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to her family, friends, and all those who cherished her. May they find strength and solace amidst their grief.


Fharnell M.