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27th Jul 2023

Sinéad O’Connor’s family release a statement following the death of the singer

Katy Thornton

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Sinéad O’Connor has died aged 56.

Irish singer and human rights activist Sinéad O’Connor has died at the age of 56.

The acclaimed, and multi-award-winning singer, from Dublin, released 10 studio albums over the course of her music career. Her song Nothing Compares 2 U, which was written for her by Prince, was named the number one world single by the Billboard Music Awards in 1990.

Often outspoken on the topics of religion, equality and immigration, O’Connor made frequent appearances over the years on The Late Late Show.

She was feted by worldwide music stars and collaborated with the likes of U2, Shane MacGowan and Massive Attack.

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In the immediate aftermath of her death, O’Connor’s family have released a statement to RTE:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinead.

“Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

In a 2007 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Sinead O’Connor spoke of how she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had coped with that, her whole life.

Famously outspoken on religion, O’Connor once told Channel 4:

“Genuinely I don’t mean disrespect to Catholic people because I believe in Jesus Christ, I believe in the Holy Spirit, all of those, but I also believe in all of them, I don’t think it cares if you call it Fred or Daisy, you know? Religion is a smokescreen, it has everybody talking to the wall.”

Sinead O’Connor is survived by her three children. Her son, Shane, died in January 2022, aged 17.

Rest in peace.

This article originally appeared on JOE UK

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