The music world is in mourning following the untimely passing of Sinéad O’Connor, the legendary Irish singer-songwriter celebrated for her powerful vocals and fearless attitude was 56 years old.
O’Connor’s family released a statement announcing the passing of the Nothing Compares 2 U hitmaker, no cause of death has been revealed.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad,” the statement read.
“Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
O’Connor left a lasting impact on the world of music. Her journey began with the release of the critically acclaimed debut album, The Lion and the Cobra, in 1987, followed by the groundbreaking success of I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got in 1990 which featured the iconic hit Nothing Compares 2 U.
Over the years, she released ten studio albums, among them, Am I Not Your Girl? in 1992 and Universal Mother in 1994 achieved the coveted gold status in the UK, while Faith and Courage in 2000 received gold recognition in Australia, and Throw Down Your Arms in 2005 earned gold certification in Ireland.
Her unapologetic approach to addressing spirituality, activism, socio-political issues, and personal struggles endeared her to fans worldwide.
Fans and high-profile figures alike were quick to take to social media to pay tribute to O’Connor, expressing their love and admiration for the iconic Irish singer-songwriter while honouring her legacy.
RIP Sinéad O’Connor, I loved working with you making photos, doing gigs in Ireland together and chats, all my love to your family. pic.twitter.com/49ryuIhGTQ
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) July 26, 2023
Sinead was a force of nature. A brilliant songwriter & performer whose talent we will not see the like of again. Such passion, such intense presence & a beautiful soul, who battled her own personal demons courageously. Be at peace dear Sinead, you will forever be in our hearts. t pic.twitter.com/lJVhGfuTPA
— tori amos (@toriamos) July 26, 2023
Respect to Sinead….. She stood for something… Unlike most people…. Rest Easy..???????? https://t.co/3nbO3w22zv
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) July 26, 2023
One of the most haunting, atmospheric and heartbreaking songs of all time. Intensified by her voice. Sinead O’Connor RIPpic.twitter.com/pfpZsdkgPY
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) July 26, 2023
— All On The Board (@allontheboard) July 26, 2023
RIP Sinead O’Connor.
Very sad to hear of the passing of singer and activist Sinead O’Connor at only 56.
So often troubled, always courageous, outspoken and controversial. She was an icon.
Rest easy Sinead. pic.twitter.com/s0Ny1JnzpL
— UB40 (@UB40OFFICIAL) July 26, 2023
The world has lost an artist with the voice of an Angel. Ireland has lost an iconic voice and one of our absolute finest, by a long shot. And I have lost a friend. Sinead’s music will live on and continue to inspire! Rest In Peace, Sinead you are home with your son I am sure ❤️???? pic.twitter.com/9hvpwxuUyP
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 26, 2023
O’Connor is survived by her three children.
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