Irish music legend Sinead O'Connor dies aged 56 after years of mental health battles - and 18 months after her 17-year-old son Shane killed himself after escaping hospital
The Irish singer shot to stardom across the world in 1990 by her heartrending cover of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U.
A heartbreaking video believed to be Sinead O'Connor's last before her death aged 56 was an emotional clip about the toll her teenage son's suicide took on her. The footage, posted on July 9, shows the Irish singer discussing a difficult time as she talks to fans from inside her apartment. Today her 'devastated' family confirmed the mother-of-four passed away after years of mental health struggles. O'Connor's death came after her son Shane, 17, took his life in January 2022 after he escaped hospital while on suicide watch.In a career marked by controversies as well as extraordinary talent, Sinead O'Connor's longstanding feud with Prince stands out as one of the stranger chapters of a troubled life.
O'Connor's death at age 56 was confirmed on Wednesday in a statement from the Irish singer-songwriter's family, who requested privacy and did not disclose a cause of death. In 1990, O'Connor was first propelled to international super-stardom with her version of Nothing Compares 2 U, a song written and composed by Prince for his side project The Family in 1985.