Shane was one of O’Connor’s four children, the other three being Jake Reynolds, Roisin Waters, and Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadio. Here’s what the grieving mother had to say in her tweets.
A Message For A Missing Son
This is a message for my son, Shane. Shane, it’s not funny any more all this going missing. You are scaring the crap out of me. Could you please do the right thing and present yourself at a Gardai station. If you are with Shane please call the Gardai for his safety. pic.twitter.com/uJWuSJ1bRJ
— Sinead The 1 And Only (@OhSineady) January 6, 2022
Along with tweeting a picture of him and writing the above message to Shane, the “Nothing Compares 2U” singer also wrote another message to Shane, “Shane, your life is precious. God didn’t chisel that beautiful smile on your beautiful face for nothing. My world would collapse without you. You are my heart. Please don’t stop it from beating. Please don’t harm yourself. Go to the Gardai and let’s get you to hospital”.
But sadly, all her pleas were in vain.
Sinéad O’Connor’s Son Dies At 17
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On January 8, the singer took to Twitter again, telling the world her son had passed. Wrote the heartbroken mother, “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:”
Fans were touched by her plight and moved by openness in times of such great struggle. Wrote one Twitter user, ” I don’t often post on Twitter. But I will today. Because I lost my daughter in similar circumstances. I hope she’s at peace too and no one follows her example either. We all will pass away. But it hurts so much when it isn’t in chronological order. I’m crying for them both.”
O’Conner also took to Twitter to lambast the authorities in Ireland.
Wrote the grieving mother, “I’m going to take private time now to grieve my son. 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. Magdalene Ireland never went away. Ask the youth.”
Sinéad O’Connor Posts A Bob Marley Song For Shane
This is for my Shaney. The light of my life. The lamp of my soul. My blue-eye baby. You will always be my light. We will always be together. No boundary can separate us. https://t.co/7b2f0GFDEO
— Sinead The 1 And Only (@OhSineady) January 8, 2022
Shane’s death was from an apparent suicide and it’s doubly tragic for the artist who herself survived multiple suicide attempts in the past. She has also spoken about how finding help in Ireland is very tough and has changed her name and religion as well in a bid to search for her own identity.
Another tweet from the troubled artist indicated that her teenage son had thing himself.
Guess where my son learned to make the noose that hung him? He tried a week ago and I asked him… he told me he’d studied it on the computer IN THE KIDS’S psych hospital at Linndara.
While he was being treated there for psychoses.
— Sinead The 1 And Only (@OhSineady) January 9, 2022
She’s a mother in pain, and her last tweet is a painful read as she wrote, “Shaney, babba, stick with me. Wherever you may also be, please stick with me. My baby. I don’t know how I’m going to live without you.”
Fans echo her anguish as one offered her comfort, “That’s how our kids that have passed before us live. Through us. Through us telling their stories and speaking their names and making sure they’re never forgotten. I hope you have people around you, Sinead, this burden can be shared x”