Shane O’Connor, the 17-year-old son of Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor, was found dead on Saturday after two days missing in Ireland. The information was confirmed by the singer herself on social media.
The young man was struggling with depression and was wanted since Thursday (6), in the city of Newbridge. Authorities in the country told the English newspaper The Guardian that Shane was last seen on Friday morning (7), in Tallaght, near Dublin.
During the searches, Sinéad had posted messages asking the boy to return home. “Shane, your life is precious. God didn’t draw that beautiful smile on your beautiful face for nothing. My world would collapse without you. You are my heart. Please don’t get hurt,” he posted on his Twitter account.
According to the singer, Shane was in psychiatric medical care at Tallaght Hospital when he escaped. On Saturday morning, Sinéad was informed by police that the young man was found dead.
Sinéad O’Connor has spoken publicly several times about her own struggle with depression. In 2016, she was even wanted by the police when she disappeared in Chicago after postings in a suicidal tone.
Famous for her vehement views on various topics, such as women’s rights and the abuses committed by members of the Catholic Church, she received critical acclaim for her debut album, “The lion and the snake” (1987), and gained worldwide fame with the song “Nothing compares 2 U”, a composition by Prince.