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Musician Sinéad O'Connor Dead At 56

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By Taylor Hodgkins on July 26, 2023 at 2:20 PM EDT
Updated on July 27, 2023 at 4:06 PM EDT

Musician Sinéad O'Connor has died at 56.

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O'Connor rose to fame in 1990 upon the release of her now classic LP, "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" after experiencing success on the College Radio charts.

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The singer catapulted to the top of the charts with the LP's track, "Nothing Compares 2 U," a track originally written and performed by Prince.

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Sinead O'Connor Has Died At Age 56

O'Connor's death was allegedly reported last night, according to The Daily Mail.

As of this writing, not much is known about the singer's passing.

The publication reports O'Connor's passing comes after her teenage son, Shane, had died by suicide. Shane passed away in January of last year. The Daily Mail also reported the "Mandinka" songstress was thought to have been splitting her time between Co Roscommon, Ireland, and London.

O'Connor had also been practicing Islam. The rocker converted to the religion in 2018.

According to the New York Post, O'Connor's last tweet had been in memory of her son. Her team also released a statement announcing the news that O'Connor had canceled the remainder of her tour dates.

"I've decided to follow my son," O'Connor reportedly tweeted. "There is no point living without him."

O'Connor's son had also gone missing from suicide watch in January of last year, and his body was reportedly found the next day, the outlet also reported.

The singer's family released a statement per the BBC and the RTE on Wednesday.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinead," the statement began. "Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time," the statement concluded. (via The New York Times)

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O'Connor Famously Ripped Up A Photo Of The Pope On 'Saturday Night Live'

In October of 1992, O'Connor's career trajectory was arguably altered after she appeared on "Saturday Night Live." O'Connor was performing a cover of Bob Marley's "War" while surrounded by candles.

O'Connor sang the three-minute song before holding up a photo of Pope John Paul II before silently ripping up the photo. She screamed "Fight the real enemy!" while keeping her eyes fixed on the camera.

Her actions were reportedly kept hidden from the "Saturday Night Live" staff. Although 'SNL' had experienced its fair share of unplanned moments in its nearly two decade history at the time, O'Connor's big moment reportedly caused unrest backstage.

According to Far Out Magazine, NBC's Vice President of Late Night at the time, Rick Ludwin, reportedly jumped out of his chair after O'Connor ripped the photo, which had originally been a photo of a refugee child during rehearsal earlier that day, the outlet adds.

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O'Connor later gave insight into why she decided to go through with the moment. According to Time, per Far Out, O'Connor said, "It's not the man obviously- it's the office and the symbol of the organization he represents. In Ireland, we see our people are manifesting the highest incident in Europe of child abuse. This is a direct result of the fact they're not in contact with their history as Irish people, and the that fact in schools, the priests have been beating the s**t out of Irish children for years and sexually abusing them. This is the example that has been set for the people of Ireland. They have been controlled by the church, the very people who authorized what was done to them, who gave permission for what was done to them."

The "Emperor's New Clothes" singer was reportedly inspired by Bob Geldof's actions during a "Top Of The Pops" episode, where the "I Don't Like Mondays" rocker ripped up a photo of "Grease" stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.

"When The Boomtown Rats went to number one in England with 'Rat Trap,' [Bob] Geldof went on 'Top Of The Pops' and ripped up a photo of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, who had been no.1 for weeks and weeks before. And I thought, 'Yeah, f**k! What if someone ripped up a picture of the pope?' Half of me was just like, 'Jesus, I'd love to just see what would happen.''

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