Sinead O’Connor’s 17-year-old son has died two days after he was reported missing, as the heartbroken singer told fans that he had ‘decided to end his earthly struggle’.
The Irish singer, 55, gave a touching tribute to her ‘beautiful’ son Shane, who she shares with her ex, folk singer Donal Lunny, on Twitter as she confirmed the news.
In a devastating tweet, she wrote: ‘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:’
Shane, who went missing on Thursday, was one of Sinead’s four children – Jake Reynolds, Roisin Waters and Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadio.
Sinead O’Connor has announced that her 17-year-old son Shane (pictured) has died two days after he was reported missing
The Irish singer (pictured in 2019), 55, paid tribute to her ‘beautiful’ son Shane, who she shares with her ex folk singer Donal Lunny, on Twitter as she confirmed the news
Sinead, who changed her name to Shuhada’ Davitt in 2018, 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-eye baby. You will always be my light. We will always be together. No boundary can separate us.’
Shane went missing earlier this week and was last seen in Tallaght, South Dublin, on Friday, with Gardai launching an appeal to find the teenager. The police force reportedly confirmed on Saturday that the search for Shane had been ‘stood down’.
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.
Gardai renewed their appeal for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Shane on Friday, writing: ‘Shane was last seen this [Friday] morning in the Tallaght, Dublin 24 area. Shane is described as being 5′ 6’ in height with short brown hair and blue eyes.
‘When last seen, he was wearing a black hoodie with a large print design in the centre, dark tracksuit pants, a wine coloured t-shirt and white runners. Gardaí are concerned for Shane’s welfare.’
A spokesman today told The Sun: ‘Following the recovery of a body in the Bray area of Wicklow on Friday, 7th January 2022, a Missing Person Appeal in respect of Shane O’Connor, 17 years, has been stood down.’
Garda launched an appeal for help in finding Shane, who was last seen in Tallaght, South Dublin, on Friday. The police force confirmed on Saturday that the search for Shane had been ‘stood down’
Paying tribute to her son, she wrote: ‘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’
Sinead later tweeted a Bob Marley song which she dedicated to Shane, describing her son as her ‘blue-eye baby’ and the ‘light of my life’
Taking to Twitter after Shane went missing, Sinead wrote: ‘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.’
She later took to the social media platform to threaten the hospital where she said her son had been staying with a ‘lawsuit’ if ‘anything happens to my son’.
She wrote: ‘Like, how has a seventeen year old traumatised 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.
‘I want to know why Lynn Ward at Taillight Hospital who were supposed to have HCA’s supervise my child 24/7 have managed to let him out of their grasp this morning when 7 days ago he made two severe suicide attempts.’ (sic)
MailOnline has contacted Tallaght Hospital for comment.
When Shane went missing, Sinead took to Twitter to threaten the hospital where she said her son had been staying with a ‘lawsuit’ if ‘anything happens to my son’
She wrote: ‘Like, how has a seventeen year old traumatised young person WHO WAS ON SUICIDE WATCH in Tallaght Hosptial’s Lynn Ward been able to go missing???’
Another tweet read: ‘This is a message for my son, Shane. Shane, it’s not funny any more all this going missing.
‘You are scaring the c**p 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.’
Last February, the mother-of-four asked her fans to pray for her teenage son Shane in a worrying cryptic post shared to Twitter.
She revealed that she’d had a ‘hideous day from hell’ as she made the appeal, writing: ‘Any spare prayers out there, pls stick one in for my son, Shane. The very light of my life.’
Although she did not disclose what happened, she added: ‘Hideous day from hell.’
She previously appealed for help with her teenage son after he went missing in January 2019.
She tweeted at the time: ‘My sweet 14 yr old son has been going missing a lot and is currently missing for the last two days.
‘If you are a parent in whose house he has been staying or is staying, please call Dundrum Gardai. Not calling them is not helping him.’
Shane (pictured left) was one of Sinead’s four children – Jake Reynolds, Roisin Waters and Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadio
The singer soared to fame in the 90s with song Nothing Compares 2 U (pictured in the video) and told fans now is the time to ‘make other dreams come true’
Shane was eventually found ‘safe and well’ three days after going missing from their Dublin home.
Sinead has been married four times and has four children.
Her eldest son is 34-year-old Jake Reynolds, whose father is Donal Reynolds. They married in 1987 before splitting in 1991.
Her daughter Roisin, 25, is the result of her relationship with journalist John Waters.
She never lived with John and they fought for custody of their daughter before it was decided she would live with him in Dublin.
Sinead and Donal split shortly after Shane’s arrival.
Her youngest child is 15-year-old Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadio, who she shares with American businessman Frank Bonadio. They split in 2017, a year after his birth.
Sinead soared to fame in the 90s with hit song Nothing Compares 2 U, which was named the number one world single by the Billboard Music Awards, while her debut album The Lion and the Cobra charted internationally.
She controversially ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on prime-time television in 1992, but last year admitted in her new book Rememberings that she had no regrets about the stunt.
Sinead’s (pictured in July 1988) hit song Nothing Compares 2 U was was named the number one world single by the Billboard Music Awards, while her debut album The Lion and the Cobra charted internationally
‘My intention had always been to destroy my mother’s photo of the Pope. It represented lies and liars and abuse,’ she wrote.
‘I never knew when or where or how I would destroy it, but destroy it I would when the right moment came,’ she continued.
Sinead explained that after waking up ‘p**sed off’ she decided that she would tear the image up during her performance on Saturday Night Live.
‘I decide tonight is the night. I know if I do this there’ll be war. But I don’t care. I know my Scripture. Nothing can touch me. I reject the world…’
The fall-out from Sinead’s stunt was largely unforgiving, with many claiming the incident ruined her career.
However, the hit-maker said she doesn’t doesn’t feel the need to be liked by others or accepted by the music industry.
‘I’m not a pop star. I’m just a troubled soul who needs to scream into a mic now and then. I don’t need to be number one.’
‘I don’t need to be liked. I don’t need to be welcome at the AMAs [American Music Awards],’ she wrote.
In 1999, the singer (pictured in September 1990) became Mother Bernadette Marie after being ordained by bishop Michael Cox of the Latin Tridentine church
In an interview with The New York Times last month, Sinéad described her decision to rip up the photo as ‘brilliant’.
However, she said of the public backlash she received afterwards: ‘It was very traumatising. It was open season on treating me like a crazy b***h.’
In 1999, she became Mother Bernadette Marie after being ordained by bishop Michael Cox of the Latin Tridentine church.
The following year Sinead revealed she was a lesbian in an interview with American magazine Curve.
She told the publication: ‘I’m a lesbian. I haven’t been very open about that, and throughout most of my life I’ve gone out with blokes because I haven’t necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a lesbian.’
And in 2014, Sinead spoke further about her sexuality telling Pride Source she ‘wouldn’t give a s**t’ if the person she loves was a man or woman.
In 2017, Sinead changed her name to Magda Davitt in 2017 so she could be ‘free of parental slave names’ and just one year later, she started using the name Shuhada Sadaqat after converting to Islam in October 2018.
In November 2020, Sinéad said she was taking a break from performing as she went into a year-long rehabilitation programme and all her 2021 gigs were called off.
She said that the year had seen her lose a friend and deal with one of her four children falling ill.
She added: ‘If I take this time to heal, I will be fit for a lifetime of touring. If I don’t, I won’t.’
Revealing she was taking time away for a ‘one-year trauma and addiction treatment program’, she said: ‘This year I lost someone beloved and has affected me so badly that I became briefly addicted to a drug other than weed.
‘I had a very traumatic six years and this year was the end of it but now recovery starts.
‘This year I lost someone beloved and has affected me so badly that I became briefly addicted to a drug other than weed. I have been addicted to weed for 34 years. A lifetime.
‘I grew up with a lot of trauma and abuse. I then went straight into the music business. And never learned really how to make a normal life. Never took proper time to heal. Wasn’t ready to either.’
The singer-songwriter has regularly documented her struggles with mental health problems over the years, often using social media as a sounding board for her woes.
Sinéad has worried fans with a series of concerning social media updates about her mental health over the years.
In 2017, she sparked alarm with a teary 12-minute video on her Facebook page in which she stated that she had wanted to kill herself for two years.
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