Irish Singer Sinead O'Connor Dies at 56: A Tragic Loss to the Music World

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, who rose to fame in the 1990s with her cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," has died at the age of 56, Irish media reported on Wednesday.

Her family said in a statement that they were "devastated" by her passing and requested privacy at this difficult time.

Born in Dublin, O'Connor released 10 albums during her career and was known for her powerful vocals and emotive performances.

She converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada' Sadaqat in 2018.

O'Connor had been open about her struggles with mental health and substance abuse, and had reportedly been battling those demons for many years.

Her son Shane died by suicide in 2019 at the age of 17, which she said had been a "massive blow." Tributes poured in from around the world of music and politics, with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar leading the way.

"Her music was loved around the world and her talent was unmatched and beyond compare," he said.

O'Connor's death is a reminder of the struggles that many people face with mental health, and the importance of providing support and resources to those who are struggling.

May she rest in peace.