The Irish Times and national broadcaster RTE, reports that the famous Irish singer Sinead O’Connor, whose 1990 song “Nothing Compares 2 U” topped charts all over the world, has sadly passed away at the age of 56. The cause of her death was however not been mentioned in the issued statement by her family.
The statement reads: “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”.
With her enchanting interpretation of the original Prince song, “Nothing Compares 2 U”, O’Connor made her way into the international music scene. The music video for the song has now received around 400 million views on YouTube.
She was well known for her shaved head and her blunt opinions on feminism, war, sex, religion, and other topics. In some circles, she will also be remembered for tearing up a picture of Pope John Paul II while performing on “Saturday Night Live.”
O’Connor won the prestigious Grammy Music Award for the album “I Don’t Want What I Haven’t Got,” in 1990, and during the same year her single “Nothing Compares 2 U”, won the Billboard Music Awards for best song. Despite converting to Islam in 2018 and changing her name to Shuhada Sadaqat, the singer still performed under her stage name and released a total of eleven studio albums.
O’Connor leaves behind three kids. Her 17-year-old son Shane committed suicide last year. She shared on Twitter a picture of her deceased son shortly before her passing with the caption: “Been living as undead night creature since. He was the love of my life, the lamp of my soul.”