Sinead O’Connor shared how she had been living as an ‘undead night creature’ since her son’s suicide last year in a cryptic final Twitter post.
Ms O’Connor has apparently struggled with mental health issues since her son Shane, 17, took his own life in January 2022 after escaping hospital while on suicide watch.
Last week, in what appears to be her final post, the singer hailed Shane as the ‘love of her life’ and the ‘only person who ever loved me unconditionally’, adding that she felt ‘lost’ without him.
The mother-of-four also posted a series of Spotify links to relatively sad and heart breaking songs, including one she dedicated to ‘all mothers of Suicided children’.
The Irish singer has died at the age of 56 it was reported last night, however details surrounding her death remain unknown at this time.
Sinead O’Connor (pictured in 1990) shared how she had been living as an ‘undead night creature’ since her son’s suicide last year in a cryptic final Twitter post
Ms O’Connor has apparently struggled with mental health issues since her son Shane, 17, took his own life in January 2022 after escaping hospital while on suicide watch. She posted this photo with her son last week
Replying to a tweet asking people to describe their life using emojis, Ms O’Connor posted a slew of crying emojis alongside a photo of her and Shane
Replying to a tweet asking people to describe their life using emojis, Ms O’Connor posted a slew of crying emojis alongside a photo of her and Shane.
Reiterating how she lost her 17-year-old to suicide just last year, the musician penned on July 17: ‘Been living as undead night creature since. He was the love of my life, the lamp of my soul.
‘We were one soul in two halves. He was the only person who ever loved me unconditionally.
‘I am lost in the bardo without him.’
The emotional tribute was followed by four tweets that linked to songs she was likely listening to, including Chenrezi by Ani Choying Drolma and Steve Tibbetts – which Ms O’Connor dedicated to other grieving mothers.
She also posted links to How Can You Mend a Broken Heart by Al Green, as well as Curtis Mayfield’s Here but I’m Gone and No One Knows About a Good Thing.
Ms O’Connor was born into a troubled family in Dublin on December 8, 1966.
Later in her life she claimed she started having mental health issues because her mother physically and sexually abused her as a child.
She was placed in corrective school aged 15 after bouts of stealing. An Grianán Training Centre, in Dublin was previously a notorious Magdalene laundry for ‘fallen women’.
Although Ms O’Connor said it was no longer an abusive place, she said being kept away from her family was upsetting.
However, one of the nuns there spotted her musical talent and bought her a guitar and pushed her to have lessons.
Through an advert in a Dublin music magazine she met Colm Farrelly and together formed the band Ton Ton Macoute, which brought Ms O’Connor to the attention of the global music industry.
After signing with Ensign Records she released her first album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got in 1990, which sold more than seven million copies and included her breakthrough hit Nothing Compares 2 U.
In the years after her breakthrough she wrote other hits including You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart – for the soundtrack of Daniel Day-Lewis film In the Name of the Father – Drink Before The War and This Is The Day.
She released 10 studio albums in her career, and Nothing Compares 2 U was named the number one world single in 1990 by the Billboard Music Awards.
Long known as much for her shaved head and outspoken views on religion, sex, feminism and war as for her music, she will be remembered in some quarters for ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a television appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
At the time of her death, Ms O’Connor was thought to be spending her time between Co Roscommon, Ireland, and London. She is survived by her three children.
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