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Sinead O’Connor, Irish Singer, Dead at 56

Sinead O’Connor, the Irish singer best known for her chart-topping hit “Nothing Compares 2 U,” has died at the age of 56. According to The Telegraph, it is yet to be known how she died. She has struggled with mental health issues throughout her career, most recently last year after the death of her son.

Singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor has died at 56, as The Irish Times first reported Wednesday. Her death follows the death of her 17-year-old son, Shane O’Connor, early last year. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad,” her family said in a statement to the BBC and Irish news outlet RTE. “Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

O’Connor, who was best known for her hit cover version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and her trademark shaved head, was born Sinéad Marie-Bernadette O’Connor on Dec. 8, 1966, in Ireland. She more recently began going by the name Shuhada Sadaqat.

O’Connor was a gifted Irish singer-songwriter who became a superstar in her mid-20s but was known as much for her private struggles and provocative actions as for her fierce and expressive music. The music industry and her fans will miss her dearly. May she rest in peace.

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