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Sinéad O’Connor, provocative Irish singer-songwriter, dies at 56

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Her son comited suicide a while back. Losing your child woof can't imagine the pain. RIP to both of you. Even though nothing compares was a cover she made it hers and will be remembered long than most of us.

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Sinead dead? I’m surprised, but then again, I had a feeling she might not be around for much longer, she always was a troubled person, after tearing up the Pope’s picture she kind of never fully recovered after that, but also losing her son last year probably played a huge factor in her not being here now with us. Sad, you just don’t recover from something like. A very talented musician, a unique and exceptional artist gone way too soon.

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A critic of the Roman Catholic Church well before allegations of sexual abuse were widely reported, O’Connor made headlines in October 1992 when she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II while appearing on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and denounced the church as the enemy.

She was excoriated by the conservative culture warriors at the time over this.

Now they want to highlight child trafficking and abuse, Sinead was calling it out then. Conservatives appropriate and pervert.

Isn't it ironic, don't you think?

0 ( +11 / -11 )

Anthony Kiedis of the RHCP used to be in love with her. I hope he’s OK.

RIP

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Now they want to highlight child trafficking and abuse, Sinead was calling it out then. Conservatives appropriate and pervert. 

Also, liberals used to be for the working man and now they’re the richest elite and will do anything to avoid talking about these sensitive and dangerous issues.

Ironic, isn’t it?

-10 ( +12 / -22 )

Sinead's difficult childhood and troubled mental universe didn't equip her for getting along with this cruel world, but her rebellious, creative spirit born through her pain brought joy to many who will remember her with gratitude. RIP.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

My GF at the time introduced Sinead's music to me in the late 1980s. She had an amazingly expressive voice. She really belted out an amazing rendition of The Foggy Dew with the Chieftains as well. RIP.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

RIP Sinead, true Irish rebel until the end.

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I cried for 30 minutes this morning.

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I grew up on her music. A sad day indeed but hopefully she's at peace wherever she is now. RIP and condolences to the family.

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Interesting lady. Her music wasn't my style, but there was no denying her skill, and she has one of the hits of all time that will live in people's memories long after her death.That's a type of longevity most of us will never get.

And I respect her protest against the church, it's been very damaging to Ireland. Good for her. She lived a life.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

Sad. Music loses too many talented people.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

I really liked her debut album, the Lion & the Cobra and the song, Emperor's New Clothes. She was talented and honest. She also called out the Vatican and Catholic Church years before we heard about child sexual and physical abuse by clergy. She was right in that regard.

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How sad. I remember when Nothing Compares 2U hit the airwaves. I broke with my GF from a weird teenage relationship and it was the first time a song really meant anything to me. It was like she knew exactly how I felt.

RIP Sinead. You brought me into this world and I'll never forget you. Thank you.

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I cried for 30 minutes this morning.

The irony is, you probably did.

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Love her music.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I fead her full biography.

She had pretty nice well developed modern views of the world because of her wrecked life unfortunately for her.

So nice voice and clearly with bipolar disorder with her confused way of thinking sometimes leading to behaviours hurting herself.

RIP to that Irish lady who changed the world.

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I will live by my own policies

I will sleep with a clear conscience

I will sleep in peace

from Emperor’s New Clothes

RIP Sinead with your beloved son.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Sad news. She led a troubled life, but she has helped my life with her beautiful singing. Thank you.

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She was a real one and she was right about it all. RIP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n14lwdpYkAA

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I only recall listening to one song by her, and it was one I occasionally heard (and sang) in primary school.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnhhLWOKUeA

Sleep in peace.

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bass4funk

   Now they want to highlight child trafficking and abuse, Sinead was calling it out then. Conservatives appropriate and pervert.

> Also, liberals used to be for the working man and now they’re the richest elite and will do anything to avoid talking about these sensitive and dangerous issues.

As does that work out with your claim all liberals are socialists?

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   Now they want to highlight child trafficking and abuse, Sinead was calling it out then. Conservatives appropriate and pervert.

Also, liberals used to be for the working man and now they’re the richest elite and will do anything to avoid talking about these sensitive and dangerous issues.*

As does that work out with your claim all liberals are socialists?

Utter non sequitur nonsense of course and evasion.

Reminds me of all the artists like Rage Against the Machine and others who tell conservatives who say they like their music or play their music they do not need them as fans.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2020/06/28/all-the-artists-who-have-told-trump-to-stop-using-their-songs-at-his-rallies/?sh=7c2c31f74b87

Sinead deserved better than culture warrior harassment and was proven right .

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Troy is a song of such emotion and beauty. The Phoenix from the Flame.

She did a duet with Willie Nelson of Peter Gabriel's Don't Give Up. Apt title for her. She didn't.

Sinead O'Connor, RIP. Somewhat misunderstood, but the world really needs more of her moxie.

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What poorly researched obituary. She was diagnosed with PTSD due to being abused as a child and being sent to a notorious Magdelene laundry. She converted to Islam many years ago and changed her name. No mention of that.

She was a troubled soul, struggling with illness and loss. RIP.

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 She converted to Islam many years ago and changed her name. No mention of that.

From the article :

O'Connor announced in 2018 that she had converted to Islam and would be adopting the name Shuhada’ Davitt, later Shuhada Sadaqat

She was utterly vilified by conservatives for raising awareness of child sexual abuse long before they all suddenly cared (but not really).

A fierce spirit. RIP.

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She had a lot of trouble, and she really let it get to her in the latter half of her too short life, but she has left us with some music that to this day will haunt, move, and make you love. "Nothing Compares 2 U" is still a fantastic song.

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A real force of nature was Sinéad. The Emperor's New Clothes was a great song as well as her Nothing Compares 2 U Prince cover.

She lived a tortured life with mental issues, but left behind a beautiful legacy of work.

Rest in Power, Sinéad.

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How sad. I remember when Nothing Compares 2U hit the airwaves. I broke with my GF from a weird teenage relationship and it was the first time a song really meant anything to me. It was like she knew exactly how I felt.

You mean Prince knew how you felt--he wrote the song.

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