Sinead O’Connor dies, aged 56
Sinead O’Connor’s neighbors 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 sent to BBC news Wednesday, July 26. The Dublin-born musician died aged 56 after being found “unresponsive” at “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, telling her neighbors she had moved back to the capital 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, 17, last year.
It seems O’Connor’s neighbors had no idea of her fame. Moragamana said they spoke regularly and recalled an emotional conversation in which the “Nothing Compares 2 U” star said she felt “devastated and depressed” over the loss of her son.
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Chas Newkey-Burden30 July 2023 at 09.00
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What did Sinead O’Connor say about her Pope stunt?
During a performance in 1992 at SNLO’Connor controversially ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II in a protest against the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse of children.
The move led to a huge and long-lasting backlash – something O’Connor herself reflected on in her 2021 memoir, Memories.
“Many people say or believe that tearing down the Pope’s photo derailed my career,” she wrote. “That’s not how I feel about it, I feel like having a number 1 record derailed my career and tearing the picture up got me back on track.”
Annabelle Nugent30 July 2023 at 07.00
Joe Pesci is being called out for historic comments he made about Sinead O’Connor
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Annabelle Nugent30 July 2023 at 06.00
Read Sinead O’Connor’s open letter to Miley Cyrus
Following the release of her viral music video for her hit single “Wrecking Ball,” Cyrus (then 20) shared Rolling stones magazine that she had been inspired by O’Connor’s accompanying images for “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990).
In response, O’Connor wrote to Cyrus “in the spirit of motherhood and with love”, telling her that it was not “cool” to be “naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos”.
Annabelle Nugent30 July 2023 at 05.00
Pink and Brandi Carlile perform a beautiful tribute to Sinead O’Connor
Pink and Brandi Carlile performed a beautiful tribute to the Irish singer during their Wednesday (July 26) night concert in Cincinnati, Ohio, after news of her death broke.
The two singers provided a powerful rendition of O’Connor’s famous “Nothing Compares 2 U” track.
Annabelle Nugent30 July 2023 04:00
A world in sorrow
Several impromptu and planned gatherings sprung up around different areas of the country to honor Sinead O’Connor following the news of her death.
Here’s a scene from outside Temple Bar on Thursday (July 27)
Annabelle Nugent30 July 2023 03:00
The story of Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ – and her eventful meeting with Prince
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Annabelle Nugent30 July 2023 02:00
WATCH: Sinead O’Connor’s standout moments
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Sinead O’Connor’s lifelong dedication to women’s rights
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