Legendary Irish musician Sinéad O’Connor has passed away at the age of 56, as reported by the Irish Times.
In an official statement, her family expressed their profound sadness and requested privacy during this difficult time: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad. Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
Sinéad O’Connor, who had legally changed her name to Shuhada’ Sadaqat in 2021 after her conversion to Islam in 2018, continued to create and perform music under her birth name. She was best known for her iconic 1990 single, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” written by Prince, which became a global sensation, reaching number one on the charts in 13 countries across four continents. The song was awarded the Number One world single in 1990 by the Billboard Music Awards.
Throughout her illustrious career, spanning several decades, she released 10 studio albums, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry. Her debut album, “The Lion and the Cobra” (1987), featured notable singles such as “Tears from the Moon” and “Troy,” both of which earned nominations at the International Dance Music Awards.
Sinéad O’Connor was a vocal advocate against child abuse in the Catholic Church and made headlines during a performance on Saturday Night Live in 1992 when she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II, urging people to “fight the real enemy.” While this protest initially led to criticism and damage to her mainstream career, public opinion shifted in later years as the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse scandal came under investigation.
In 2021, she released her memoir, “Rememberings,” and a documentary film titled “Nothing Compares,” directed by Kathryn Ferguson, further celebrated her life and accomplishments.
O’Connor had previously announced her retirement from the music industry, but later retracted the statement due to overwhelming support from her fans. She had been working on her final album, “No Veteran Dies Alone,” originally planned for release in 2022, but the date had been postponed several times.
Sinéad O’Connor was a beloved figure in the music world, and her legacy as a powerful artist and activist will continue to inspire generations to come. She leaves behind four children, including her late son Shane, who tragically passed away last year at the age of 17.
Written by: Artificial Intelligence Technology