Acclaimed Irish singer Sinead O'Conner Dies Aged 56
Sinead, who found worldwide fame with the hit single Nothing Compares 2 U in 1990, became better known for her activism in recent years.
03:27 27 July 2023
Irish singer and activist Sinead O'Connor has died as confirmed by her family. The acclaimed Dublin performer was 56 years old.
In a statement, the singer's family said: “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.”
Sinead shot to worldwide fame following the release of her single Nothing Compares 2 U, which became the number one world single in 1990 by the Billboard Music Awards. The following year, she was named Artist of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine on the back of the song's success.
Irish PM Taoiseach Leo Varadkar paid tribute to her, saying her music "was loved around the world and her talent was unmatched and beyond compare".
Last year, Sinead's 17-year-old son died by suicide. Writing on social media, the singer said he had "decided to end his earthly struggle" and requested "no one follows his example".
Social media was flooded with tributes as her death was announced on Wednesday evening. Irish author Marian Keyes described O'Connor's death as "heartbreaking".
"How she suffered. Poor, poor Sinead. Rest in peace, you amazing, brave, beautiful, unique wonder.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister (Tanaiste) Micheal Martin said O'Connor was one "of our greatest musical icons, and someone deeply loved by the people of Ireland, and beyond. Our hearts go out to her children, her family, friends and all who knew and loved her."