Sinéad O’Connor an Irish singer has died at age 56.
Her relatives broke the news in a report published by the BBC on Thursday: “her family and friends are devastated, with great sadness.”
According to the report, the reason for the death has not been made public.
The singer who topped the charts with her sensational hit track cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” had been open about her struggle with mental illness throughout her career.
She made headlines in 1992 when she tore up a portrait of Pope John Paul II during a performance on the US show Saturday Night Live.
Michael Higgins, the president of Ireland, described the death as shocking. He stated that the singer died when the composer was still reasonably young.
He described her as one of Ireland’s greatest and most accomplished composers in recent years.
“What Ireland has lost at such a relatively young age is one of our greatest and most gifted composers, songwriters and performers of recent decades, one who had a unique talent and extraordinary relationship with her audience, all of whom held such love and warmth for her,” he said.