Sinéad O'Connor posts tragic last video about son’s suicide days before she died
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***Warning: this article mentions suicide.***
Sinéad O'Connor posts tragic last video about son’s suicide days before she died.
The Irish music legend, who first rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album 'The Lion and the Cobra' and went on to achieve worldwide success in 1990 with a new arrangement of Prince's song 'Nothing Compares 2 U', passed away yesterday (26 July) aged 56.
In a statement, the singer's family said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad. Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."
She is survived by her three remaining children Jake Reynolds, 36, Roisin Waters, 27, and Yeshua Bonadio, 16.
Her son, Shane Lunny, died last year aged 17.
Last year, O'Connor announced the news that Shane, who was born in 2004, had died.
On 8 January, 2022, she tweeted: "My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God. May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace.”
The late musician continued to speak about her son in the time since his death with further posts shared on Twitter for the final time on 17 July.
In one post, O'Connor responded to a tweet urging people to 'tell me how your life is going with emojis'.
The singer responded with a series of crying face-emojis, and added a hashtag which read, 'lost my 17 year old son to suicide in 2022'.
"Been living as undead night creature since," she continued. "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."
In a video also posted to Twitter 9 July, O'Connor opened up about just how much her son's suicide impacted her.
"I look like s*** either way," she says in the clip, "which is why I didn't want to make a video.
"But you know the way your kid unfortunately passing away - it isn't good for one's body, or soul to be fair."
Police have now issued an official statement on O'Connor's death.
The Met said: "Police were called at 11:18hrs on Wednesday, 26 July to reports of an unresponsive woman at a residential address in the SE24 area.
"Officers attended. A 56-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Next of kin have been notified. The death is not being treated as suspicious. A file will be prepared for the Coroner."
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