Fans are expected to line an Irish coastal road to bid farewell to Sinéad O'Connor ahead of her funeral on this afternoon.
The acclaimed singer’s family have asked people who wish to say a “last goodbye” to stand along Bray seafront in Co Wicklow as the cortege passes by before a private burial. The procession is expected to start at 10.30am at the Harbour Bar end of the Strand Road and will continue past her former home, Montebello, where she lived for 15 years.
Since her death on July 26, people have been leaving flowers and paying their respects at the house, which the singer sold in 2021 and which now lies empty, as reported by PA.
“Sinead loved living in Bray and the people in it,” a statement issued by her family said. “With this procession, her family would like to acknowledge the outpouring of love for her from the people of Co Wicklow and beyond, since she left last week to go to another place.”
The Irish Grammy-winning singer was found unresponsive by police at her south-east London home, aged 56. A host of tributes flooded in from fans and famous artists across the world in response to her death, including Russell Crowe, Annie Lennox, Cyndi Lauper and Bob Geldof.
Several gatherings were held in the days since her death in Dublin, Belfast and London, where members of the public paid tribute to her legacy as a musician and activist.
Sinéad was born in Dublin in December 1966, and released her first album The Lion And The Cobra in 1987. Her second studio album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, followed in 1990, which contained the hit single Nothing Compares 2 U, which saw her shoot to stardom and top the charts in countries around the world.
The track earned her multiple Grammy Award nominations including for the prestigious record of the year category, as well as best female pop vocal performance and best music video. In 1991, she was named artist of the year by Rolling Stone magazine and took home the Brit Award for international female solo artist.
She released a further eight studio albums, the latest being 2014’s I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss. In 2018, O’Connor announced that she had converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada’ Sadaqat.
Following her death, her music management company 67 Management said she had been finishing a new album, reviewing tour dates for next year and was also considering “opportunities” around a film of her book.
In January last year, Sinead announced her 17-year-old son Shane had died after deciding to "end his earthly struggle", having been reported missing from County Kildare the night before. "May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace," she wrote on Twitter.
The singer later cancelled all of her tour dates while grieving her son, having been admitted to hospital herself a few days after Shane's death. She had been due to perform at events including the Galway International Arts Festival, but told fans she would not be returning to the stage until at least 2023.
Her death is not being treated as suspicious by authorities. A London coroner did not find a medical cause of death and suggested the post-mortem examination results may take several weeks.
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