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Singer Sinéad O'Connor has passed away, aged  56

Singer Sinéad O'Connor has passed away, aged 56

The Irish singer found fame in 1990 for her rendition of 'Nothing Compares 2 U'.

Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor passed away overnight at the age of 56.

In a statement, the singer’s family said: “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.”

Sinéad O'Connor released 10 albums throughout her career, gaining her international success with the release of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, a song originally written by Prince. 

O’Connor’s rendition topped charts across the world and was named the Number One World SIngle by the Billboard Music Awards in 1990.

Fans of the singer have taken to social media to share their thoughts with one fan writing ‘Sinead O’Connor was a trailblazer. Fearless, uncompromising & superlative talent. Proved to be ahead of her time, again & again.’

‘Farewell to one of the greatest Irish musicians of all time.’ wrote another. ‘Sinead O’Connor had the balls to stand up and challenge the Catholic Church at a time most didn’t. A prolific social campaigner. Gone way too young.’