Sinead O’Connor dies, aged 56
Sinead O’Connor’s neighbours have spoken about their interactions with the Irish singer, following her death aged 56.
O’Connor’s death was confirmed by her family in a statement provided to BBC News on Wednesday 26 July. The Dublin-born musician died aged 56, after being found “unresponsive” in “a residential address” in the Lambeth area of London.
According to The Times, O’Connor moved into a new penthouse in south London earlier this month, where she told her neighbours she had moved back to the capital city to feel less lonely.
The publication quoted Pushpakumara Moragamana, 57, who lived opposite. He recalled O’Connor smoking outside the building and discussing religion, mental health, and the death of her son Shane aged 17, last year.
It appears that O’Connor’s neighbours had no idea of her fame. Mr Moragamana said they spoke regularly, and remembered an emotional conversation in which the “Nothing Compares 2 U” star said she felt “devastated and depressed” over the loss of her son.
What did Sinead O’Connor say about her pope stunt?
During a 1992 appearance on SNL, O’Connor controversially ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II in a protest against the sexual abuse of children by the Catholic Church.
The move led to a huge and lengthy backlash – something O’Connor herself reflected on in her 2021 memoir, Rememberings.
“A lot of people say or think that tearing up the Pope’s photo derailed my career,” she wrote. “That’s not how I feel about it I feel that having a No 1 record derailed my career and my tearing the photo put me back on the right track.”
Annabel Nugent30 July 2023 07:00
Joe Pesci is being called out for historic comments he made about Sinead O’Connor
The Goodfellas actor said he “would have slapped” Sinead O’Connor for tearing up a photograph of the Pope in 1992.
Annabel Nugent30 July 2023 06:00
Read Sinead O’Connor’s open letter to Miley Cyrus
After the release of her viral music video for her hit single “Wrecking Ball”, Cyrus (then 20 years old) told Rolling Stone magazine that she’d been inspired by the O’Connor’s accompanying visuals for “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990).
In response, O’Connor wrote to Cyrus “in the spirit of motherliness and with love” and told her that it was not “cool” to be “naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos”.
Annabel Nugent30 July 2023 05:00
Pink and Brandi Carlile perform beautiful tribute to Sinead O’Connor
Pink and Brandi Carlile performed a beautiful tribute to the Irish singer during their Wednesday (26 July) night concert in Cincinnati, Ohio after news of her death broke.
The two singers belted a powerful rendition of O’Connor’s famous “Nothing Compares 2 U” track.
Annabel Nugent30 July 2023 04:00
A world in mourning
Several impromptu and scheduled gatherings popped up around different areas of the country to honour Sinead O’Connor following news of her death.
Here’s a scene from one outside of Temple Bar on Thursday (27 July)
Annabel Nugent30 July 2023 03:00
The story of Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ – and her eventful encounter with Prince
While many are paying homage to O’Connor’s expansive musical and political legacy, others are remembering the singer for her 1990 cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U”.
Annabel Nugent30 July 2023 02:00
WATCH: Sinead O’Connor’s stand-out moments
Watch: Sinead O’Connor’s stand-out moments
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Sinead O’Connor’s lifelong dedication to women’s rights
Annabel Nugent30 July 2023 00:00
Sinead O’Connor’s former flatmate pays tribute to the late singer
Sinead O’Connor’s former flatmate fondly recalled their time living together in the Nineties.
Nitin Sawhney paid tribute to the singer after her death.
“Back in the 90s she came over to my tiny room in a shared flat in Tooting and we jammed together for ages,” Sawhney wrote on Twitter.
“She was so kind to my flat mates including @MykolachiHello who she sweetly complimented on her red coat… She stayed in touch for a while afterwards and was always so supportive. I will miss her humility, her incredible voice and her honest, compassionate soul.”
Annabel Nugent29 July 2023 23:00
Sinead O’Connor posted a video just days before her death
This heartbreaking video is believed to be Sinead O’Connor’s last in which the singer posted an emotional clip about the devasting impact her son’s suicide had on her.
Sinead O’Connor’s heartbreaking final video just days before her death
Annabel Nugent29 July 2023 22:00