LONDON (Agencies): The world mourns the loss of acclaimed Irish singer and activist, Sinéad O’Connor, who passed away at the age of 56. Her family shared the devastating news, keeping the cause of death private.
Sinéad O’Connor gained international fame with her unforgettable single “Nothing Compares 2 U,” released in 1990, which topped charts and made her a global sensation.
Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar praised her music, cherished by people worldwide, and acknowledged her unmatched talent. Irish President Michael D Higgins celebrated her authenticity and the extraordinary connection she had with her audience, recognizing her as one of Ireland’s greatest and most gifted composers, songwriters, and performers.
Born as Sinead Marie Bernadette O’Connor in Glenageary, County Dublin, in December 1966, her early life was marked by hardships. During her teenage years, she was placed in Dublin’s An Grianan Training Centre, once known as one of the infamous Magdalene laundries, originally designed to confine young girls considered promiscuous. However, a significant turning point came when a compassionate nun provided her with a guitar and a music teacher, paving the way for O’Connor’s remarkable musical journey.
In 1987, she released her debut album, “The Lion And The Cobra,” which received critical acclaim and entered the top 40 charts in both the UK and US. Her subsequent album, “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got,” featured the iconic “Nothing Compares 2 U,” written by Prince. The song achieved global success, reaching number one in various countries, including the US and the UK.
Sinéad O’Connor’s unique voice, powerful lyrics, and unwavering activism have left an indelible mark on the world of music and beyond. Her untimely passing has left a void in the hearts of countless fans and admirers worldwide.