Sinead O’Connor, the Irish songstress who skyrocketed to fame in the 1990s with “Nothing Compares To You,” is dealing with the apparent suicide of her 17-year-old son. O’Connor, whose personal life has made numerous headlines, reacted to controversy regarding who she blames.
According to the Irish Post, Shane O’Connor had a long history of “going missing” dating back to 2019. The troubled teen was the third of O’Connor’s four children and was born in 2004. His father is Irish musician Donal Lunny. Days before his death, the troubled teen went missing from a psychiatric hospital.
“Shane went missing earlier this week and was last seen in Tallaght, South Dublin, on Friday, with Gardai [Irish police] launching an appeal to find the teenager,” Daily Mail reported. “The police force reportedly confirmed on Saturday that the search for Shane had been ‘stood down.'”
“An independent review panel will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Sinéad O’Connor’s son Shane, who died by suicide,” The Independent reported. “A missing person search for the 17-year-old was stood down on Saturday after his remains were discovered in Bray, Co Wicklow.”
Taking to social media after Shane went missing, Sinead threatened Tallaght Hospital with a lawsuit if “anything happens to my son,” alleging that her son went missing from the hospital while on suicide watch. “Like, how has a seventeen-year-old traumatized young person WHO WAS ON SUICIDE WATCH in Tallaght Hosptial’s Lynn Ward been able to go missing??? Hospital of course so far refusing to take any responsibility. Anything happens to my son on their watch? Lawsuits,” she posted on Twitter before his death.
O’Connor also wrote on social media that Shane had been hospitalized after two suicide attempts. “My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God. May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace,” the singer posted.
After announcing she was going to take time to grieve, O’Connor wrote, “When I am ready I will be telling exactly how the Irish State in the ignorant, evil, self-serving, lying forms of Tusla and the HSE enabled and facilitated his death.” A social media backlash questioned if the songstress took any responsibility. Much of the online controversy over Shane’s death stems from the 55-year-old’s personal life choices and her own issues with mental health.
On Twitter in November 2018, O’Connor called those who were not Muslims “disgusting” and criticized Christian and Jewish theologians. “What I’m about to say is something so racist I never thought my soul could ever feel it,” she wrote, adding, “But truly I never wanna spend time with white people again (if that’s what non-muslims are called). Not for one moment, for any reason. They are disgusting.”
The Irish singer’s troubles have been well documented over the years. In 2017, she changed her legal name to Magda Davitt, saying in an interview that she wished to be “free of the patriarchal slave names. Free of the parental curses.” O’Connor addressed the online backlash over her son’s death by posting the following tweet, then deleted it:
“FYI please don’t imagine I am less than keenly aware I failed my child, alongside Tusla and the HSE and the Irish State. And alongside others in his life who shall forever remain publicly nameless. We all know who we are. We all failed him. Welcome to Ireland.”
O’Connor has been married four times and identified as a “lesbian,” but she walked it back, saying “I am not in a box of any description.” She also has four children — Jake, Roisin, Shane, and Yeshua — with four different men, the Daily Mail reports. “In addition to four marriages, the singer has been involved in three relationships that produced children, as well as, she claims, three serious affairs with women.”
After confirming the news of her son’s death online, the grieving mother also tweeted a Bob Marley song which she dedicated to Shane, heartbreakingly describing her son as her “blue-eye baby” and the “light of my life.” She penned, “This is for my Shaney. The light of my life. The lamp of my soul. My blue-eyed baby. You will always be my light. We will always be together. No boundary can separate us.”