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‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ – world mourns death of Irish singer Sinead O’Connor

Condolences continue to pour in - from world acclaimed fellow musicians and bands such as UB40 and Bryan Adams and legendary actors James Woods and Russell Crowe - following the news of the sudden passing of Irish singer and mental health advocate, Sinead O’Connor.

Outspoken Irish singer-songwriter and mental health advocate, Sinead O’Connor, has died.

A statement from the 56-year-old Grammy-winning singer’s family did not mention the cause of her death.

“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,” the singer’s family said.

As original report indicated, O’Connor had battled mental health issues and more recently – about 18 months ago – she suffered a massive heartbreak when her beloved teenage son, Shane (17), committed suicide.

After 10 studio albums, marked by a career-defining version of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U (named the No. 1 song in the world during the 1990 Billboard Music Awards), Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has died aged 56. The cause of her death hasn’t been made public.

The often controversial singer was propelled to international stardom in the early 1990s with her moving rendition of the Grammy hit ballad “Nothing Compares 2 U“.

‘Peace be with you’ – world mourns Irish singer Sinead O’Connor’ death: Twitter tributes

Remembered for her bold actions like tearing up a photo in 1992 of Pope John Paul II on ‘Saturday Night Live’ to protest sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, earning a lifetime ban from the show, and her moving open letter to Prince Harry acknowledging his struggles with mental health, condolences continue to pour in from world acclaimed fellow musicians, actors and fans across the world following the news of Sinead O’Connor’s sudden death.

Legendary rocker Bryan Adams, tweeted a condolence message Wednesday (as seen below) reminiscing about their good times together on-and-off stage.

Controversial British TV personality Piers Morgan described her as a “provocative woman with many demons”.

American music critic, author and podcaster, Steven Hyden, wrote about her in his book ‘Your Favorite Band Is Killing‘ – which includes his take on Miley Cyrus vs. Sinead, giving readers a glimpse into the perennial battle between old and young. He shares that he wrote about O’Connor “because she’s the rare artist for whom the phrase ‘ahead of time’ is not hyperbole”.

Two-time Oscar nominated actor James Woods (noted for his roles in critically acclaimed films like ‘Ghosts of Mississippi‘, ‘Nixon‘, ‘Once Upon a Time in America‘ and ‘Salvador‘) took his three million plus followers all the way back to O’Connor’s 2010 duet with the late Kris Kristofferson, saying it’s “impossible to imagine a more exquisite coupling of two musical angels”.

British newspaper columnist and podcaster Owen Jones said the news of her death hits like a truck.

See below a Twitter thread by the legendary American actor, Russell Crowe, documenting his special encounter with this amazing ‘woman with a purpose (O’Connor)’ while working in Ireland last year (2022).
Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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