– Sinead O’Connor – in concert – Hammersmith Odeon, London – April 24, 1990 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
And news of another passing today – Sinead O’Connor, an unforgettable voice and presence, plagued by a lifetime of demons and tragedy, has gone – as of this writing no cause of death is announced, but suspicions are high as is the sadness those suspicions even need to be entertained.
Sinead O’Connor’s family issued a brief statement on Wednesday evening announcing the death of an artist and activist who remained in the spotlight – often against her wishes – after topping the charts in 1990 with the single Nothing Compares 2 U.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad,” the statement said. “Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
The Irish singer’s death came 18 months after her 17-year-old son Shane died after leaving a hospital while on suicide watch. O’Connor had three other children.
The news stunned the music industry and O’Connor’s native Ireland. The taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, expressed sorrow. “Her music was loved around the world and her talent was unmatched and beyond compare. Condolences to her family, her friends and all who loved her music.”
Her career took many turns ever since her initial meteoric rise to fame. Many said her recent endeavors were pale attempts at rekindling those successes which made Sinead O’Connor a household name.
As a reminder, here is a concert she performed at The Hammersmith Odeon on April 24, 1990 at what was unquestionably the height of her career.
Enjoy and remember – RIP Sinead O’Connor (December 8, 1966- July 26, 2023)
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