Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor has passed away at the age of 56. Irish newspaper The Irish Times reported the news, of which further details are not yet known.
O'Connor was one of the world’s best-known voices in the ‘90's thanks to her hit “Nothing Compares 2 U.” With 10 albums released, she reached number one on the Billboard list in 1990.
Sinead O'Connor and Terry Hall do Dana- singing 'All Kinds Of Everything'.
Don’t know why they did it but it’s both magical and heartbreaking. #ripsineadoconnor
— Deirdre Heenan (@deirdreheenan) July 26, 2023
O'Connor lost one of her four children 18 months before her death. She had a difficult childhood in which she went through a period of physical and sexual abuse.
During her career as an artist, O'Connor became a rebellious and controversial artist. In the most high-profile incident, she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II during her performance on Saturday Night Live hosted by Tim Robbins. Prior to this, she sang a Bob Marley song that she modified to accuse the Catholic Church of defending and covering up child abuse cases.
O'Connor converted to Islam in her later years. In 2017, a video went viral in which she claimed to have suicidal thoughts while alone in a New Jersey motel. In 2022, she was hospitalized after a suicide attempt, linked to the death of her son.