Sinéad O’Connor’s son tragically dies at age of 17 after going missing

Sinéad O’Connor’s 17-year-old son has died, the singer’s management company confirmed to CNN on Saturday.

On Friday, a Garda spokesman told the Irish Mirror that a body had been recovered and that police were standing down on a missing-person report for Shane O’Connor.

The ‘Nothing Compares 2U’ musician shared a sequence of brief statements on her unverified Twitter account saying her son “decided to end his earthly struggle” and urged others not to do the same.

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Sinead O'Connor asks for prayers for son Shane Lunnyhttps://twitter.com/OhSineady/status/1479606963973632003

“My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God.

“May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace,” O’Connor tweeted.

Irish authorities first issued a missing-person statement on Thursday, asking for the public’s help tracing Shane O’Connor’s whereabouts. He had been missing since January 6.

“Shane was last seen this morning in the Tallaght, Dublin 24 area,” said the Thursday statement by the Gardai — the Irish national police force.

Sinead O'Connor performing on stage in 2014. (AAP)

Following her son’s disappearance, the Irish musician published a series of tweets desperately pleading for her son to give himself over to the authorities.

When asked for comment, the Gardai told CNN that because of data protection regulations, it wouldn’t be able to confirm the veracity of O’Connor’s tweets nor Shane O’Connor’s missing status.

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The Irish singer, who has been open about her own mental struggles and suicidal thoughts in the past — paid a tribute to her son by dedicating Bob Marley’s ‘Ride Natty Ride’ to him on Twitter.

“This is for my Shaney. The light of my life. The lamp of my soul. My blue-eyed baby. You will always be my light. We will always be together. No boundary can separate us,” O’Connor said.

In her most recent tweets, the singer confirmed that she had identified the remains of her son.

https://twitter.com/OhSineady/status/1479876961220665346

“I have now formally identified the remains of my son, Shane. May God forgive the Irish State for I never will,” she tweeted.

In a second tweet, Sinéad elaborated on her qualms with the Irish police and Tusla, Ireland’s child protection agency who she called “ignorant” and “self-serving”.

https://twitter.com/OhSineady/status/1479897957654749185

“I’m going to take private time now to grieve my son. When I am ready I will be telling exactly how the Irish State in the ignorant, evil, self-serving, lying forms of Tusla and the HSE enabled and facilitated his death,” she wrote.

The death of Shane comes after some troublesome times for him and his mum. In February of 2021, Sinéad took to Twitter to ask her fans for prayers for her son after a “hideous day from hell.”

The singer gave no detail as to what had happened to Shane, but seemed incredibly distressed.

Sinead O'Connor asks for prayers for son Shane Lunny.Sinead O'Connor asks for prayers for son Shane Lunny.

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“Any spare prayers out there, pls stick one in for my son, Shane. The very light of my life,” she tweeted at the time.

Sadly, that wasn’t the first time Sinéad had asked for help locating her son’s whereabouts. In 2019 she asked fans to help locate him after he went missing from their home in Dublin.

“My sweet 14-year-old son has been going missing a lot and is currently missing for the last two days,” she tweeted. “If you are a parent in whose house he has been staying or is staying, please call [local police station] Dundrum Gardai. Not calling them is not helping him.”

If you or anyone you know needs immediate support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or via lifeline.org.au. In an emergency, call 000

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