Sinéad O’Connor’s family reveals public tribute on day of singer’s funeral

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By Dan Sears

Fans will have the opportunity to say goodbye to beloved Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor in a public tribute near her former Ireland home on Tuesday, August 8.

The funeral plans for the icon, who was found dead at her home in London on July 26 at the age of 56, were announced in a statement on behalf of her family on Sunday.

Per the Irish Times, they have invited mourners to pay their final respects during a funeral cortege that will pass her home of 15 years in Bray, on the Eastern Irish coast just south of Dublin.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the processional will take place along Bray’s seafront Strand Road, and culminate at the other end of the one-kilometer strip before turning for a private burial with the family.

“Sinéad loved living in Bray and the people in it. With this procession, her family would like to acknowledge the outpouring of love for her from the people of Co[unty] Wicklow and beyond, since she left last week, to go to another place,” the message concluded.

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The Post reached out to O’Connor’s representatives for comment.

Bray seafront promenade in Ireland
View of the Bray seafront promenade in Ireland.
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O’Connor, who was born on Dec. 8, 1966, in Dublin, Ireland, was a hitmaker whose sudden death on July 26 shocked the world.

Last week, John Thompson, the clerk of the London Inner South district for Southwark Coroners Court, confirmed to the Irish Times on Thursday that an autopsy of O’Connor was completed before her remains were released to her family.

The report may not be ready for a few weeks, the outlet reported, and details will only be disclosed to the public only “if an inquest is opened into her death.”

London police said that O’Connor was pronounced dead at the scene when they were called at 11:18 a.m., to “reports of an unresponsive woman at a residential address in the SE24 area.”

Currently, her death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Police stated that an autopsy has been conducted and her remains have been returned to the family.

In 1987, at the age of 20, O’Connor made her way onto the music scene with her debut album, “The Lion and the Cobra,” and went on to release 10 studio albums during her record-setting career.

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Three years after her debut, she became a household name with a rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U” — a power ballad written by Prince.

In 1991, she scored a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance for her album “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.”

However, her career was not without some controversy, as she was banned from NBC for life after she ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a 1992 guest appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

In 2018, she decided to convert to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada’ Sadaqat.

Mourners outside of Sinead O'Connor's former home in Bray, Irelannd
Mourners have gathered outside of Sinead O’Connor’s former home in Bray, Ireland.
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Her passing came just 18 months after the January 2022 death of her 17-year-old son, Shane, by suicide — something that she had expressed she had a difficult time with, as one of her last Tweets was a tribute to the late child in which she detailed that she had “been living as [an] undead night creature since” his death.

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The singer is survived by her three children, Jake Reynolds, 36, Roisin Waters, 27, and Yeshua Bonadio, 16.

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