SINEAD O’Connor has been left heartbroken by the death of her 17-year-old son two days after he was reported missing.
Sinead O’Connor’s 17-year-old son has died two days after he was reported missing, as the heartbroken singer told fans that he had ‘decided to end his earthly struggle’.
The singer announced the news on Twitter in the early hours of 8 January, writing: “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.”
The Irish singer, 55, also shared the Bob Marley song “Ride Natty Ride”, with the caption: “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, whose parents are O’Connor and Irish musician Dónal Lunny, was reported missing earlier this week.
Irish police force An Garda Síochána had issued a report appealing for information on 6 January after the teenager went missing from an area of Dublin.
Police today confirmed the news with a spokesman saying: “Following the recovery of a body in the Bray area of Wicklow on Friday, 7th January 2022, a Missing Person Appeal in respect of Shane O’Connor, 17 years, has been stood down.”
Last May, Sinead posted a picture of the 17-year-old as he photographed accompanied her to receive her second coronavirus vaccine with many fans noticing how similar they looked.
Sinead, said: “My lovely 17 yr old son coming with me : ) Behold Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor #Gentleman.”
Fans and celebrities have been quick to send their condolences to the singer after she revealed the tragic news.
Irish TV presenter Muireann O’Connell tweeted: “I am so terribly sorry for your tragic loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.”
Former Pogues member Cáit O’Riordan tweeted: “I’m so sorry Sinead”.
Shane is the son of Sinead and Donal Lunny, a popular Irish folk musician and producer.
He has been a founding member of a number of bands, most recently Usher’s Island.
Sinead and Donal split shortly after Shane’s arrival.
The singer has been married four times and has four children.
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