Irish Singer Sinead O’Connor Dies at 56 Years

O’Connor converted to Islam in 2018 saying via Twitter “This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant." She announced that she had changed her name to Shuhada’ Sadaqat. 

Irish Singer Sinead O’Connor Dies at 56 Years

Irish singer and activist Sinéad O’Connor has died at the age of 56 years old. The singer’s family released a statement, saying “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 best known for her single “Nothing Compares 2 U” from her album “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” which was released in 1990. The album went on to become a number one hit around the world. The song, a cover of the original written by Prince, propelled her to worldwide fame. O’Connor was equally well-known for her vocal activism in political and social issues, most notably for her ripping a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live in 1992 as a protest against sexual abuse within the church. As a result, she was banned forever from NBC. O’Connor was also vocal about her struggle with mental health throughout her career. 

O’Connor converted to Islam in 2018 saying via Twitter “This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant." She announced that she had changed her name to Shuhada’ Sadaqat. 

After her debut album “The Lion and the Cobra," O’Connor went on to release ten studio albums, with her last being “I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss” in 2014. O’Connor also wrote a memoir “Rememberings," published on June 1, 2021.

In an interview with the New York Times about the memoir, O’Connor said that her career as a musician felt freeing after the intense backlash to her actions on SNL. She said in her book that she "could just be me. Do what I love. Be imperfect. Be mad, even."

She also wrote that she's "not a pop star. I’m just a troubled soul who needs to scream into mikes now and then.” 

O’Connor is survived by her children Jake Reynolds, Roisin Waters, Yeshua Bonadio. 

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