(UnitedVoice.com) – When Sinéad O’Connor (legally Shuhada’ Sadaqat) shot to fame in the early 1990s, The Troubles were still ripping her home country of Ireland apart. The singer sparked controversy when she threw her support behind the nationalists in Northern Ireland. Despite her views, she became one of the voices of a generation, and now that voice is gone.
On July 26, O’Connor’s family announced she’d passed away at the age of 56. They asked for privacy during “this very difficult time.” She was reportedly found dead at a private home in London. The next day, law enforcement revealed her death was not suspicious.
According to police, they prepared a file to hand over to the coroner. The London Inner South Coroner’s Court issued a statement informing the public that there was no cause of death given at that time. An autopsy will take place, but officials don’t expect results for several weeks. The coroner’s statement also made it clear that they would determine whether an investigation was necessary.
The Irish singer shot to fame in 1990 when she performed a cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Ironically, the two artists did not get along. In 2021, she told PEOPLE, “I didn’t like the man.”
During her career, O’Connor released 10 studio albums and won countless awards, including a Grammy. She was also known for her controversial views, not just about the war in Ireland, but also about religion. In 1992, during an appearance on Saturday Night Live, the singer angered people when she ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II that she got from her mother’s wall.
In 2022, the singer was devastated when her son, Shane Lunny, died by suicide. After announcing his passing, she said, “May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example.”
O’Connor is survived by her three living children: Roisin, Jake, and Yeshua.
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