After years of entertaining the world with her music, popular Irish singer Sinead O’Connor passed away. She was 56.
Her family confirmed the death in a statement while also noting its “great sadness” at the singer’s passing. The statement described her family and friends as devastated and also asked for privacy as they mourn.
For much of her life, Sinead was a controversial figure. In 1992, during an appearance on Saturday Night Live, she provoked outrage when she tore the picture of Pope John Paul II in protest against the alleged sexual abuses in the Catholic Church.
Years later, during an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007, she revealed that she was diagnosed with bipolar syndrome and struggled with suicidal ideation.
Sinéad O’Connor rose to fame with the release of a single titled “Nothing Compares 2 U,” written by Prince. The chart-topping tune established Sinead as an important voice in Irish music and set the pedestal for what she would achieve later.
The recent report of her death was a shock to many, as evident from comments on social media so far. Sinead, who is survived by three children, will be sorely missed for her contributions to the world of music. So long, Sinead!