Sinead O’Connor is admitted to hospital days after the death of her 17-year-old son Shane after admitting she felt ‘lost’ and ‘hates’ herself
- The 55-year-old said last night she was with police and being taken to hospital
- The Irish singer said that she feels ‘lost’ and ‘hates’ herself over death of Shane
- Shane took his own life last week after escaping hospital while on suicide watch
- For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123, or visit their local branch
Sinead O’Connor has been admitted to hospital just days after her 17-year-old son was found dead.
The 55-year-old revealed last night she was with police and being taken to see medics in a heartbreaking Twitter post.
The singer said she feels ‘lost’ and ‘hates’ herself without Shane, who took his own life last week after escaping hospital while on suicide watch.
She wrote online after another tweet: ‘I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that. I am with cops now on way to hospital.
‘I’m sorry I upset everyone. I am lost without my kid and I hate myself. Hospital will help a while.’
Sinead O’Connor has been admitted to hospital just days after her 17-year-old son was found dead
The 55-year-old revealed last night she was with police and being taken to see medics in a heartbreaking Twitter post
The singer said she feels ‘lost’ and ‘hates’ herself without Shane (pictured), who took his own life last week after escaping hospital while on suicide watch
O’Connor alleged her son was discharged from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services just one month before his death despite making ‘detailed funeral plans’.
She railed against CAHMS, the child and family agency Tusla and the Irish state for ‘failing’ Shane who hanged himself.
She wrote: ‘Please don’t imagine I am less than keenly aware I failed my child, alongside Tusla and the HSE and the Irish State. We all failed him. Welcome to Ireland. Suicide will not bring you peace. It is a lie.
‘Therefore the next poor well meaning sod who says to me about my son ‘at least he is at peace now’ is going to get their lights punched out. How does anyone knows he’s at peace?
She added: ‘I can tell you his face was as tormented as it’s been for months. No difference at all.’
O’Connor went on to rail against Tusla, promising retribution for her son’s death and alleging a CAMHS psychiatrist said ‘planning a wedding is no different to planning a funeral’ upon her son being discharged, despite him having left ‘detailed funeral plans’.
She wrote: ‘Message to Tusla, a storm is coming that you haven’t rehearsed for. Kids are dying in your care every day. Now my kid is one of them. Big mistake.
‘My child has now been dead on Tusla’s watch for over 48 hours and the only contact I have had from anyone representing Tusla was yesterday from their media office, concerned for themselves over the negative publicity.
‘A month ago Shane was brought to CAMHS after vanishing leaving suicide notes including detailed funeral plans. They discharged him. Said he had no plans.
‘When objections were raised by the adult with him she was told ‘planning a funeral is no different to planning a wedding’
‘That was the CAMHS psychiatrist… I’m here to tell CAMHS that planning my child’s funeral is nothing remotely similar to planning his wedding. Which will now never happen. Because you’re unfit for purpose.’
O’Connor (pictured 2019) railed against child and family agency Tusla, promising retribution for her son’s death and alleging that a CAMHS psychiatrist said ‘planning a wedding is no different to planning a funeral’ upon her son being discharged, despite him having left ‘detailed funeral plans’.
Sinead O’Connor said last week she had ‘formally identified’ the body of her 17-year-old son Shane who died by suicide
Gardai detectives released what is believed to be the last photograph of Shane (pictured), as he was last seen in Tallaght, South Dublin
Sinead’s children and their fathers
– JAKE REYNOLDS, 35
FATHER: Music producer John Reynolds, who she married in 1987, before splitting in 1991
– ROISIN WATERS, 25
FATHER: Journalist John Waters. Sinead never lived with John and they fought for custody of their daughter before it was decided she would live with him in Dublin.
– SHANE LUNNY, 17
FATHER: Musician Donal Lunny. Sinead split with Donal shortly after Shane’s arrival
– YESHUA FRANCIS NEIL BONADIO, 15
FATHER: American businessman Frank Bonadio. She split from Frank in 2007, a year after Yeshua’s birth.
MARRIED: John Reynolds
MARRIED: Nick Sommerlad
MARRIED: Steve Cooney
MARRIED: Barry Herridge
2011-Split days later
The Irish singer alleged her son said he learned how to make the noose he used on the computer in the child’s psychiatric ward at Linn Dara hospital.
O’Connor wrote on January 8: ‘I have now formally identified the remains of my son, Shane. May God forgive the Irish State for I never will.
‘Now Tusla want to discuss with me ”a media release” no doubt wishing to have me join in their efforts to make this death of my child seem like it wasn’t at the hands of the Irish State.
‘Tusla and HSE to release dishonest statement in response to international questioning. A load of lies, refusals to accept responsibility.
‘Couched as always in the omnipotent and false concern they claim to have for the privacy of the children who die on their watch.
‘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. Magdalene Ireland never went away. Ask the youth.
‘And any statement out of Tusla suggesting they a) did their best b) care or c) have deepest sympathies for anyone here but their lawyers, is a load of crap trap that has killed too many kids and it isn’t going to wash this time. Too many kids are dying on Tusla’s watch.’
Police last week released the final photograph of Shane before his death.
He was seen wearing a black hoodie with a colourful print design, dark tracksuit bottoms, a plum coloured T-shirt and white trainers.
O’Connor, who changed her name to Shuhada’ Davitt in 2018, paid tribute to her ‘beautiful’ son on Saturday.
In a tweet, she wrote: ‘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:’
Sinead had her son Shane with Irish folk musician Donal Lunny (both pictured) and the pair split shortly after Shane’s arrival
Shane was one of O’Connor’s four children, along with Jake Reynolds, Roisin Waters and Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadio.
She later tweeted a Bob Marley song which she dedicated to Shane, heartbreakingly describing her son as her ‘blue-eye baby’ and the ‘light of my life’.
She penned: ‘This is for my Shaney. The light of my life. The lamp of my soul. My blue-eye baby.
‘You will always be my light. We will always be together. No boundary can separate us.’
Shane went missing last week and was last seen in Tallaght, South Dublin, on Friday, with Gardai launching an appeal to find the teenager.
O’Connor threatened Tallaght Hospital with a lawsuit if ‘anything happens to my son’, alleging that her son went missing from the hospital while on suicide watch.
Gardai renewed their appeal for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Shane on Friday.
They said: ‘Shane was last seen this [Friday] morning in the Tallaght, Dublin 24 area. Shane is described as being 5′ 6’ in height with short brown hair and blue eyes.
‘When last seen, he was wearing a black hoodie with a large print design in the centre, dark tracksuit pants, a wine coloured t-shirt and white runners. Gardaí are concerned for Shane’s welfare.’
The police force confirmed on Saturday the search for Shane had been ‘stood down’ after a body was found.
A spokesman said: ‘Following the recovery of a body in the Bray area of Wicklow on Friday, January 7, 2022, a Missing Person Appeal in respect of Shane O’Connor, 17 years, has been stood down.’
Representatives of O’Connor said: ‘Regrettably, we can confirm the passing of Shane O’Connor.
‘We politely ask for respect and appreciation for Sinead, Shane’s father and Shane’s family at this most difficult time.’
Taking to Twitter after Shane went missing, Sinead wrote: ‘Shane, your life is precious. God didn’t chisel that beautiful smile on your beautiful face for nothing. My world would collapse without you.
‘You are my heart. Please don’t stop it from beating. Please don’t harm yourself. Go to the Gardai and let’s get you to hospital.’
She later took to the social media platform to threaten the hospital where she said her son had been staying with a ‘lawsuit’ if ‘anything happens to my son’.
The singer soared to fame in the 90s with song Nothing Compares 2 U (pictured in the video) and told fans now is the time to ‘make other dreams come true’
Sinead’s (pictured in July 1988) hit song Nothing Compares 2 U was was named the number one world single by the Billboard Music Awards, while her debut album The Lion and the Cobra charted internationally
She wrote: ‘Like, how has a seventeen year old traumatised young person WHO WAS ON SUICIDE WATCH in Tallaght Hosptial’s Lynn Ward been able to go missing???
‘Hospital of course so far refusing to take any responsibility. Anything happens to my son on their watch? Lawsuits.
‘I want to know why Lynn Ward at Taillight Hospital who were supposed to have HCA’s supervise my child 24/7 have managed to let him out of their grasp this morning when 7 days ago he made two severe suicide attempts.’ (sic)
Another tweet read: ‘This is a message for my son, Shane. Shane, it’s not funny any more all this going missing.
‘You are scaring the c**p out of me. Could you please do the right thing and present yourself at a Gardai station. If you are with Shane please call the Gardai for his safety.’
O’Connor has been married four times and has four children.
Her eldest son is 34-year-old Jake Reynolds, whose father is John Reynolds. They married in 1987 before splitting in 1991.
Her second child is daughter Roisin, 25, whose father is journalist John Waters.
In 1999, the singer (pictured in September 1990) became Mother Bernadette Marie after being ordained by bishop Michael Cox of the Latin Tridentine church
She had her son Shane with Irish folk musician Donal Lunny and the pair split shortly after Shane’s arrival.
Her youngest child is 15-year-old Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadio, who she shares with American businessman Frank Bonadio. They split in 2017, a year after his birth.
O’Connor soared to fame in the 90s with hit song Nothing Compares 2 U, which was named the number one world single by the Billboard Music Awards, while her debut album The Lion and the Cobra charted internationally.
She controversially ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on TV in 1992, but last year admitted in her book Rememberings she had no regrets about the stunt.
In 1999, she became Mother Bernadette Marie after being ordained by bishop Michael Cox of the Latin Tridentine church.
The following year she revealed she was a lesbian in an interview with American magazine Curve.
She told the publication: ‘I’m a lesbian. I haven’t been very open about that, and throughout most of my life I’ve gone out with blokes because I haven’t necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a lesbian.’
And in 2014, O’Connor spoke further about her sexuality telling Pride Source she ‘wouldn’t give a s**t’ if the person she loves was a man or woman.
In 2017, she changed her name to Magda Davitt in 2017 so she could be ‘free of parental slave names’ and just one year later, she started using the name Shuhada Sadaqat after converting to Islam in October 2018.
In November 2020, O’Connor said she was taking a break from performing as she went into a year-long rehabilitation programme and all her 2021 gigs were called off.
Revealing the news, she said she had ‘lost someone beloved’ and had endured a ‘traumatic six years’.
She admitted she has been ‘addicted to weed for 34 years’ but ‘became briefly addicted’ to another drug following her loss.
- For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123, or visit their local branch
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