Just days before her death, Sinéad O’Connor tweeted out a tribute to her late son, Shane, on July 17.
“For all mothers of Suicided children,” she wrote in the caption, accompanied by the song’s link on Spotify. “Great Tibetan Compassion Mantra.”
The Irish singer tragically lost her 17-year-old son to suicide after he was reported missing from a suicide watch at an Irish hospital last year.
O’Connor’s death was announced on Wednesday in a statement from her family.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad,” the singer’s family said. “Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
Her cause of death has not been released.
On her Twitter account, O’Connor paid many a tribute to her late son, including one emotional message that was also posted on July 17.
She had replied to a tweet that asked users to tell them how their life was going with emojis.
“ #lostmy17yrOldSonToSuicidein2022,” O’Connor wrote in the message, which was accompanied by a photo of her embracing her late son.
“Been living as undead night creature since,” she continued. “He was the love of my life, the lamp of my soul. We were one soul in two halves. He was the only person who ever loved me unconditionally. I am lost in the bardo without him.”
Bardo is a seeming reference to the Buddhist philosophy that addresses the transitions of life, death and rebirth.
O’Connor was hospitalized in July 2022 after she posted a number of “harrowing” messages that suggested she planned to “follow” her son.
On the 17th, she also tweeted out links to three songs by Curtis Mayfield, “Here But I’m Gone,” “New World Order,” and “No One Knows About a Good Thing — You Don’t Have to Cry.” She also shared another song recorded by Al Green, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.”
After the loss of her son, her management team released a statement that announced she would no longer be performing for the rest of the year, subsequently canceling all of her scheduled gigs.
In 1987, at the age of 20, O’Connor erupted onto the music scene with her debut album, “The Lion and the Cobra,” and she went on to release 10 studio albums during her record-setting career.
Three years after her debut, she became a household name with a rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U” — a power ballad originally written by Prince.
She also sparked controversy in October 1992 during a “Saturday Night Live” appearance when she shredded a photo of Pope John Paul II onstage to fight against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
In 2018, she changed her name to Shuhada’ Sadaqat after she decided to convert to Islam.
The singer is survived by three children, Jake Reynolds, 36, Roisin Waters, 27, and Yeshua Bonadio, 16.