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Sinead O’Connor dead at 56: Jamie Lee Curtis, Boy George

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Tributes have flooded in for Sinead O’Connor after it was revealed on Wednesday that she’d passed away aged 56.

The Irish singer, who shot to stardom in 1990 following her cover of then-unreleased Prince track Nothing Compares 2 U, passed away after years of mental health battles.

He death comes a year after the mother-of-four’s son Shane, 17, took his own life in January 2022 after escaping hospital while on suicide watch. Details surrounding Sinead’s death remain unknown at this time.

Following news of her passing, a host of famous names took to social media to share their shock at her death, with Jamie Lee Curtis, Boy George and Sharon Horgan leading the way.

Hollywood actress Jamie Lee Curtis shared some heartfelt words for the singer, writing: ‘I once heard Sìnead sing acappella in an empty chapel in Ireland. It was under construction at the private home of our host. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard in my life. 

So sad: Tributes have flooded in for Sinead O'Connor after it was revealed on Wednesday that she'd passed away aged 56

So sad: Tributes have flooded in for Sinead O’Connor after it was revealed on Wednesday that she’d passed away aged 56

RIP: The Irish singer, who shot to stardom across the world in 1990 by her heartrending cover of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U, Passed away after years of mental health battles, it was reported

RIP: The Irish singer, who shot to stardom across the world in 1990 by her heartrending cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U, Passed away after years of mental health battles, it was reported

‘We then went together to see Eminem at a festival. I loved her. Her music. Her life. She was a victim of child abuse and a huge change agent for unfair and unjust draconian laws that she helped change in Ireland. 

‘She was a warrior. She was a rebel. She ripped up a photograph that was on her mother’s wall because of the hypocrisy of the abusive life she was raised in under the banner of the church. 

‘This is so sad. Watch the NOTHING COMPARES documentary. Brilliant. Heartbreaking. Rest well. Rest in power. Rest in peace.’

Sharing his upset over her passing, singer Boy George wrote alongside a picture of Sinead: ‘Devastated. Love you Sinead!’

The Culture Club lead singer also shared a video tribute to Sinead, in which he opened up about her incredible cover of Nothing Compares 2U, her controversial moments, her being ‘a survivor and a mother’ and her iconic music.

Irish comedian Dara took to Twitter to write: ‘Ah s**te, Sinead O’Connor has died. That’s just very sad news. Poor thing. I hope she realised how much love there was for her.’ 

While Irish actress Sharon Horgan took to Instagram with a snap of Sinead and a heartfelt message which read: ‘Oh this is terrible news. The worst. That voice. That insanely beautiful voice that could carry all the emotions in one line. Her bravery.’

She continued: ‘Sinead was so loved by so many of us but she was also not treated well at all. I remember wanting her to do a song for a show I was making and being told she wasn’t right for their brand or whatever the fuck. I’m just feeling so angry about how she was treated. But over all just heart breakingly sad for her and her family.’

Having her say: Hollywood actress Jamie Lee Curtis shared a heartfelt tribute to the late Irish singer

Having her say: Hollywood actress Jamie Lee Curtis shared a heartfelt tribute to the late Irish singer

Gutted: Sharing his upset over her passing, singer Boy George wrote alongside a picture of Sinead: 'Devastated. Love you Sinead!'

Gutted: Sharing his upset over her passing, singer Boy George wrote alongside a picture of Sinead: ‘Devastated. Love you Sinead!’

Video: The Culture Club lead singer also shared a video tribute to Sinead, in which he opened up about her incredible cover of Nothing Compares 2U, her controversial moments, her being 'a survivor and a mother' and her iconic music

Video: The Culture Club lead singer also shared a video tribute to Sinead, in which he opened up about her incredible cover of Nothing Compares 2U, her controversial moments, her being ‘a survivor and a mother’ and her iconic music

Sad: Irish comedian Dara took to Twitter to write: 'Ah s**te, Sinead O’Connor has died. That’s just very sad news. Poor thing. I hope she realised how much love there was for her'

Sad: Irish comedian Dara took to Twitter to write: ‘Ah s**te, Sinead O’Connor has died. That’s just very sad news. Poor thing. I hope she realised how much love there was for her’

Tribute: Irish actress Sharon Horgan took to Instagram with a snap of Sinead and a heartfelt message which read: 'Oh this is terrible news. The worst'

Tribute: Irish actress Sharon Horgan took to Instagram with a snap of Sinead and a heartfelt message which read: ‘Oh this is terrible news. The worst’

Shock: Meanwhile, journalist and author Caitlin Moran penned: ‘Oh my God – Sinead. THE greatest voice of her generation, no contest’

Message: In another tweet, she added: 'Sinead: and she was the first to talk about abuse in the Catholic church - tearing up the picture of the Pope on TV - but 99% of the music industry hung her out to dry

Message: In another tweet, she added: ‘Sinead: and she was the first to talk about abuse in the Catholic church – tearing up the picture of the Pope on TV – but 99% of the music industry hung her out to dry

Sweet: Irish pop duo Jedward shared: 'Rest in Peace Sinead O’Connor, very sad to hear the news. True Irish Icon of our Generation! We only just met her this year and she was in good spirits, a very welcoming person with a big heart'

Sweet: Irish pop duo Jedward shared: ‘Rest in Peace Sinead O’Connor, very sad to hear the news. True Irish Icon of our Generation! We only just met her this year and she was in good spirits, a very welcoming person with a big heart’

Words: A tribute account to late Irish poet Seamus Heaney tweeted: 'A great Irish poet and singer left us today. She was beautiful, courageous and wore her heart on her sleeve'

Words: A tribute account to late Irish poet Seamus Heaney tweeted: ‘A great Irish poet and singer left us today. She was beautiful, courageous and wore her heart on her sleeve’

Hoping she has found peace: The Charlatans rocker Tim Burgess meanwhile penned: 'Sinead was the true embodiment of a punk spirit. She did not compromise and that made her life more of a struggle'

Hoping she has found peace: The Charlatans rocker Tim Burgess meanwhile penned: ‘Sinead was the true embodiment of a punk spirit. She did not compromise and that made her life more of a struggle’

Upset: Politician David Lammy shared: 'Oh my! How very very sad. Such a soulful, haunting and powerful voice. My heart goes out to her children and family. May she rest in peace'

Upset: Politician David Lammy shared: ‘Oh my! How very very sad. Such a soulful, haunting and powerful voice. My heart goes out to her children and family. May she rest in peace’

Meanwhile, journalist and author Caitlin Moran penned: ‘Oh my God – Sinead. THE greatest voice of her generation, no contest. And so egoless: her harmonies on eg: John Grant’s “GMF” are so minimal, but lift it up into the cathedral rafters.’

In another tweet, she added: ‘Sinead: and she was the first to talk about abuse in the Catholic church – tearing up the picture of the Pope on TV – but 99% of the music industry hung her out to dry. She was decades before her time, and fearless. Rest in power, queen.’ 

Irish pop duo Jedward shared: ‘Rest in Peace Sinead O’Connor, very sad to hear the news. True Irish Icon of our Generation! We only just met her this year and she was in good spirits, a very welcoming person with a big heart.’ 

The Charlatans rocker Tim Burgess meanwhile penned: ‘Sinead was the true embodiment of a punk spirit. She did not compromise and that made her life more of a struggle. Hoping that she has found peace.’

A tribute account to late Irish poet Seamus Heaney tweeted: ‘A great Irish poet and singer left us today. She was beautiful, courageous and wore her heart on her sleeve. She was before her time. Nothing will ever compare to Sinéad O’Connor. Rest easy Sinéad.’ 

Politician David Lammy shared: ‘Oh my! How very very sad. Such a soulful, haunting and powerful voice. My heart goes out to her children and family. May she rest in peace.’ 

DJ Fat Tony shared a picture and referenced Sinead’s hit track, writing: ‘Nothing compares to you rest in peace you incredible woman x.’

American comedian and actress Rosie O’Donnell expressed her sadness at the singer’s death, writing: ‘just heartbroken – rip u brave warrior woman – soar with ur son.’

Irish author Marian Keyes wrote: ‘Oh lord, this is heartbreaking. How she suffered. Poor, poor Sinead. Rest in peace, you amazing, brave, beautiful, unique wonder.’

Fashion designer Pearl Lowe penned: “Love the life you have and be grateful for what you are” RIP @oconnor.sinead.’ 

Actor David Morrissey put: ‘One of the most courageous artists of modern times. Gone way too soon!’

While sharing a photo of himself and the late star, Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor wrote: ‘The world has lost an artist with the voice of an Angel. Ireland has lost an iconic voice and one of our absolute finest, by a long shot. And I have lost a friend. 

‘Sinead’s music will live on and continue to inspire! Rest In Peace, Sinead you are home with your son I am sure.’

Gone too soon: DJ Fat Tony shared a picture and referenced Sinead's hit track, writing: 'Nothing compares to you rest in peace you incredible woman x'

Gone too soon: DJ Fat Tony shared a picture and referenced Sinead’s hit track, writing: ‘Nothing compares to you rest in peace you incredible woman x’

Distressing: American comedian and actress Rosie O'Donnell expressed her sadness at the singer's death, writing: 'just heartbroken - rip u brave warrior woman - soar with ur son'

Distressing: American comedian and actress Rosie O’Donnell expressed her sadness at the singer’s death, writing: ‘just heartbroken – rip u brave warrior woman – soar with ur son’

Heartbroken: Irish author Marian Keyes wrote: 'Oh lord, this is heartbreaking. How she suffered. Poor, poor Sinead. Rest in peace, you amazing, brave, beautiful, unique wonder'

Heartbroken: Irish author Marian Keyes wrote: ‘Oh lord, this is heartbreaking. How she suffered. Poor, poor Sinead. Rest in peace, you amazing, brave, beautiful, unique wonder’

Crushed: While, sharing a photo of himself and the late star, Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor wrote: 'The world has lost an artist with the voice of an Angel

Crushed: While, sharing a photo of himself and the late star, Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor wrote: ‘The world has lost an artist with the voice of an Angel

Upsetting: Actor David Morrissey put: 'One of the most courageous artists of modern times. Gone way too soon!'

Upsetting: Actor David Morrissey put: ‘One of the most courageous artists of modern times. Gone way too soon!’

Can't believe it: Fashion designer Pearl Lowe penned: “Love the life you have and be grateful for what you are” RIP @oconnor.sinead'

Can’t believe it: Fashion designer Pearl Lowe penned: “Love the life you have and be grateful for what you are” RIP @oconnor.sinead’

A statement from Sinead’s family read: ‘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.’

At the time of her death, the musician, who changed her name to Shuhada’ Sadaqat in 2018 when she converted to Islam, was thought to be spending her time between Co Roscommon, Ireland, and London.

In her last Tweet, O’Connor posted a photo of Shane and said: ‘Been living as undead night creature since. 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.’

The mother-of-four also posted a series of Spotify links to relatively sad and heart breaking songs, including one she dedicated to ‘all mothers of Suicided children’.

O’Connor was born into a troubled family in Dublin on December 8, 1966.

Later in her life she claimed she started having mental health issues because her mother physically and sexually abused her as a child.

She was placed in corrective school aged 15 after bouts of stealing. An Grianán Training Centre, in Dublin was previously a notorious Magdalene laundry for ‘fallen women’.

Tragic: The singer was known to have had years of mental health battles before her death was reported

Tragic: The singer was known to have had years of mental health battles before her death was reported 

Heartbreaking: It comes a year after the mother-of-four's son Shane, 17, took his own life in January 2022 after escaping hospital while on suicide watch

Heartbreaking: It comes a year after the mother-of-four’s son Shane, 17, took his own life in January 2022 after escaping hospital while on suicide watch

Although O’Connor said it was no longer an abusive place, she said being kept away from her family was upsetting.

However, one of the nuns there spotted her musical talent and bought her a guitar and pushed her to have lessons. 

Through an advert in a Dublin music magazine she met Colm Farrelly and together formed the band Ton Ton Macoute, which brough O’Connor to the attention of the global music industry.

After signing with Ensign Records she released her first album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got in 1990, which sold more than seven million copies and included her breakthrough hit Nothing Compares 2 U.

In the years after her breakthrough she wrote other hits including You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart – for the soundtrack of Daniel Day-Lewis film In the Name of the Father – Drink Before The War and This Is The Day.

Sinead O'Connor (pictured in 1990 on Saturday Night Live) shared how she had been living as an 'undead night creature' since her son's suicide last year in a final Twitter post

Devastated: Sinead O’Connor (pictured in 1990) shared how she had been living as an ‘undead night creature’ since her son’s suicide last year in a final Twitter post

She released 10 studio albums in her career, and Nothing Compares 2 U was named the number one world single in 1990 by the Billboard Music Awards.

Long known as much for her shaved head and outspoken views on religion, sex, feminism and war as for her music, she will be remembered in some quarters for ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a television appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live.’

Brash and outspoken – her shaved head, pained expression, and shapeless wardrobe a direct challenge to popular culture’s long-prevailing notions of femininity and sexuality – O’Connor changed the image of women in music in the early 1990s. 

‘Everyone wants a pop star, see?’ she wrote in her 2021 memoir Rememberings. ‘But I am a protest singer. I just had stuff to get off my chest. I had no desire for fame.’

O’Connor is survived by her three children. 

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