O’Connor’s death was confirmed by RTE, Ireland’s public broadcaster.
According to a family statement shared by RTE:
“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.”
The cause of death has not been released.
Sinead O’Connor was born in Dublin in 1966 and began her music career in the early 1980s. She released her debut album, “The Lion and the Cobra,” in 1987, which was a critical and commercial success. Her second album, “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got,” was released in 1990 and featured the hit single “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
O’Connor’s career was often marked by controversy. In addition to her “Saturday Night Live” performance, she was also criticized for her outspoken views on religion and politics. However, she remained a popular and respected figure in the music world.
Sinead O’Connor released 10 studio albums during her career. She also starred in several films, including “The Butcher Boy” and “Inside I’m Dancing.”
She is survived by four children.
Tributes to O’Connor have been pouring in from fans and fellow musicians.
“Rest In Beats and PowEr Sinead O Connor who always Brought The Noise,” said Chuck D of Public Enemy.
“Heartbreaking man.,” wrote Questlove on a Instagram post. “One of the nicest humans. Damn man. This is devastating.
O’Connor’s death is a sad loss for the music world. She was a talented and groundbreaking artist who will be remembered for her powerful voice and her outspoken views.