Sinead O’Connor’s 17-year-old son found dead after going missing: ‘Please be at peace’
Sinead O’Connor’s 17-year-old son has died, the singer’s management company confirmed to CNN on Saturday.On Friday, a Garda spokesman told the Irish Mirror that a body had been recovered and that police were standing down on a missing-person report for Shane O’Connor.The “Nothing compares 2U” musician shared a sequence of brief statements on her unverified Twitter account saying her son “decided to end his earthly struggle” and urged others not to do the same.“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,” O’Connor tweeted.Irish authorities first issued a missing-person statement on Thursday, asking for the public’s help tracing Shane O’Connor’s whereabouts. He had been missing since January 6.“Shane was last seen this morning in the Tallaght, Dublin 24 area,” said the Thursday statement by the Gardai – the Irish national police force.Following her son’s disappearance, the Irish musician published a series of tweets desperately pleading for her son to give himself over to the authorities.When asked for comment, the Gardai told CNN that because of data protection regulations, it wouldn’t be able to confirm the veracity of O’Connor’s tweets nor Shane O’Connor’s missing status.The Irish singer, who has been open about her own mental struggles and suicidal thoughts in the past – paid a tribute to her son by dedicating Bob Marley’s “Ride Natty Ride” to him on Twitter.“This is for my Shaney. The light of my life. The lamp of my soul. My blue-eye baby. You will always be my light. We will always be together. No boundary can separate us,” O’Connor said.
What is Sinead O’Connor’s net worth?
SINEAD O’Connor is an Irish singer and songwriter who debuted in the 1980s.
Here’s everything we know about the 55-year-old musician.
2 Sinead O’Connor rose to fame in the 1990s
What is Sinead O’Connor’s net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Sinead O’Connor is estimated to be worth around $1.5million.
Sinead shot to fame in the 1990s, after record labels started to recognize her for the work she did with a band called Ton Ton Macoute.
She has gone on to release ten studio albums, and has won a multitude of awards.
On June 4, 2021, Sinead O’Connor announced her retirement from the music industry.
Her final studio album, No Veteran Dies Alone, is set to released in 2022 - but the musician has said she will not tour nor promote the work.
“This is to announce my retirement from touring and from working in the record business,” she announced on Twitter.
“I’ve gotten older and I’m tired. So it’s time for me to hang up my nipple tassels, having truly given my all. NVDA in 2022 will be my last release. And there’ll be no more touring or promo.”
Just days later, on June 7, Sinead retracted her statement, calling it a “knee-jerk reaction,” and announced she will be going on her scheduled tour post-album release.
Who is Sinead O’Connor?
Born on December 8, 1966, Sinead O’Connor hails from Dublin county in Ireland.
Sinead has four siblings: Joseph, Eimear, John, and Eoin.
During her high school years, Sinead attended the Grianán Training Centre run by the Order of Our Lady of Charity, where she worked on writing and music.
Ton Ton Macoute was formed in the mid-1980s, after Sinead placed an ad in the local paper and caught the attention of Colm Farrelly.
While performing with the band, Sinead was noticed by higher-ups in the music industry, and eventually signed with Ensign Records.
Her debut album came in 1987, entitled The Lion and the Cobra.
The album reached gold status and earned Sinead a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
During a Saturday Night Live performance in 1992, Sinead tore a photo of Pope John Paul II to shreds during one of her songs.
She received backlash from many big names, including Madonna and Joe Pesci.
“Everyone wants a pop star, see? But I am a protest singer,” Sinead wrote in her 2021 book, Rememberings.
“I just had stuff to get off my chest. I had no desire for fame.”
2 Sinead O’Connor identifies as a “protest singer” Credit: Getty - Contributor
Is Sinead O’Connor married?
Sinead has been married four times.
She married her first husband, music producer John Reynolds, in 1987. The two have one child together, Jake.
They divorced in 1991.
In 1995, Sinead gave birth to her second child, Roisin, whose father is Irish journalist John Waters.
She remarried in 2001, to British journalist Nick Sommerlad.
The two split in 2004, the same year Sinead welcomed her third child - Shane - with musician Donal Lunny.
In 2006, Sinead gave birth to her fourth child, Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadio, whose father in Frank Bonadio.
Four years later, Sinead married her friend and collaborator, Steve Cooney, on July 22, 2010.
The two agreed to separate the following year, months before Sinead’s fourth wedding.
Sinead married Irish therapist Barry Herridge in December of 2011, but split just a week later.
On July 18, 2015, Sinead became a grandmother - her son Jake welcomed a child with his girlfriend at the time, Lia.
Irish singer Sinead O’Connor’s 17-year-old son found dead
LONDON (AP) — Sinead O’Connor’s 17-year-old son, Shane, was found dead in Ireland on Friday after the Irish singer-songwriter notified authorities that he had gone missing.
Police said the missing person case was closed after a body was found in the eastern coastal town of Bray, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Dublin.
O’Connor posted on Twitter that her son, “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.”
Earlier, the 55-year-old singer had appealed to her son on social media not to harm himself. She noted that he had been hospitalized following two suicide attempts.
Shane was one of O’Connor’s four children. His father was Irish musician Donal Lunny.
O’Connor first became famous for her arresting 1990 cover of the Prince song “Nothing Compares 2 U.” She emerged from an abusive family in Ireland and has been candid about her own struggles with mental illness.
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Sinead O’Connor’s Son Shane Dead At 17
Sinead O’Connor’s Son Shane Dead At 17
“Nothing Compares 2 U” singer Sinead O’Connor is mourning the loss of her 17-year-old son Shane O’Connor after he was recently reported missing. Watch for more details.
Son of Irish singer Sinead O’Connor found dead
LONDON: The 17-year-old son of Irish musician Sinead O’Connor has been found dead, two days after he was reported missing.
Shane O’Connor disappeared on Thursday from Tallaght University Hospital in Dublin, prompting a widespread appeal for information on his whereabouts by Irish police after he was reportedly spotted in the capital on Friday morning.
Sinead, 55, who converted to Islam in 2018 and changed her name to Shuhada Sadaqat, tweeted: “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.”
She had earlier posted at length on Twitter imploring him to come home. “Shane, your life is precious. God didn’t chisel that beautiful smile on your beautiful face for nothing,” she tweeted.
“My world would collapse without you. You are my heart. Please don’t stop it from beating. Please don’t harm yourself.”
The singer’s management agency 67 Management asked for people to show “respect and appreciation” for the family “at this most difficult time.”
Sinead had spoken previously in public about her son’s mental health issues, including asking the public for help locating him in January 2019 when he was 14, and asking for fans to pray for him in February 2021 after “a hideous day from hell.”
She also tweeted criticism of the hospital Shane had been at, saying: “Like, how has a seventeen-year-old traumatised young person WHO WAS ON SUICIDE WATCH in Tallaght Hospital’s Lynn Ward been able to go missing??? Hospital of course so far refusing to take any responsibility. Anything happens to my son on their watch? Lawsuits.”
The Irish Health Service Executive said in a statement: “We cannot comment on individual cases when to do so might reveal information in relation to identifiable individuals, breaching the ethical requirement on us to observe our duty of confidentiality.”