Acclaimed, controversial singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor has died at the age of 56, according to the Irish Times.
Just a year ago, her son Shane died by suicide at the age of 17.
In 2021, O’Connor released her “Rememberings” memoir of her fraught childhood, musical triumphs, fearless activism, and of the enduring power of song.
O’Connor rose to fame in the late 1980s and 1990s with a string of gold records. From her trademark shaved head to her 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live when she tore up Pope John Paul II’s photograph, Sinéad fascinated and outraged millions.
In her book, O’Connor recounted her painful tale of growing up in Dublin in a dysfunctional, abusive household. Inspired by a brother’s Bob Dylan records, she escaped into music. She related her early forays with local Irish bands; we see Sinéad completing her first album while eight months pregnant, hanging with Rastas in the East Village, and soaring to unimaginable popularity with her cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2U.”
More about the singer here: https://www.sineadoconnor.com/