Irish Musician Sinéad O’Connor Has Died

The “Nothing Compares 2 U” vocalist was 56.

By Andy Kahn Jul 26, 2023 12:04 pm PDT

Irish musician Sinead O’Connor, who achieved global acclaim with her recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” has died at age 56. O’Connor’s death was confirmed by her family, who did not state a cause.

The Irish Times published a statement from O’Connor’s family which 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.”

O’Connor was born in Dublin on December 8, 1966. At age 15 she formed the band Ton Ton Macoute with Colm Farrelly. Her work with Ton Ton Macoute led to her getting signed to a solo record deal.

O’Connor released 10 albums between her 1987 debut, The Lion and the Cobra and 2014’s I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss. Written by Prince, “Nothing Compares 2 U” was recorded by O’Connor and released on her sophomore album, 1990’s I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. The song topped charts around the world and propelled O’Connor to global popularity.

An outspoken critic of the Catholic Church, O’Connor’s notorious 1992 Saturday Night Live appearance saw her conclude a performance of Bob Marley’s “War” by tearing a photo of Pope John Paul II. She continued to be outspoken, and at times controversial, regarding religion and politics throughout her life. O’Connor’s memoir, Rememberings was published in 2021.

In the mid-2000s, O’Connor disclosed several mental health issues as well as physical ailments. According to The Irish Times, “O’Connor converted to Islam in 2018 and changed her name to Shuhada Sadaqat, though continued to perform under the name Sinéad O’Connor … O’Connor is survived by her three children. Her son, Shane, died last year aged 17.”

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