Sinead O’Connor’s cause of death has been formally revealed after her tragic passing last year at the age of 56, having been found unresponsive in a flat.
Legendary singer Sinead O’Connor died of natural causes, it has been confirmed.
The Irish music icon was found “unresponsive” at a flat on south-east London aged 56 in July.
On Tuesday a spokesman for Southwark Coroners Court, in London, released a statement confirming her cause of death.
“This is to confirm that Ms O’Connor died of natural causes,” the spokesman said.
“The coroner has therefore ceased their involvement in her death.”
Ms O’Connor died 18 months after the mother-of-four’s son Shane, 17, took his life in January 2022 after escaping hospital.
In her last Tweet, O’Connor posted a photo of Shane and said: “Been living as undead night creature since. He was the love of my life, the lamp of my soul.
“We were one soul in two halves. He was the only person who ever loved me unconditionally. I am lost in the bardo without him.”
O’Connor had just moved to a leafy suburb of south-east London weeks before her tragic death.
Fellow residents of the upmarket postcode, near Brixton, include Mark Rylance, Olivia Colman and James Nesbitt.
Fans hoped that a new start would help O’Connor overcome her demons, namely depression and suicidal thoughts that had plagued her since the death of Shane.
After news broke of O’Connor’s tragic passing, London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed her death was not being treated as suspicious.
In a statement, the force said: “Police were called at 11:18hrs on Wednesday, 26 July to reports of an unresponsive woman at a residential address in the SE24 area.
“Officers attended. A 56-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Next of kin have been notified. The death is not being treated as suspicious. A file will be prepared for the Coroner.”
At the time, no medical cause was given for her tragic death and autopsy results could take “several weeks”, London Inner South Coroner’s Court said.
Tributes flooded in for the Nothing Compares 2 U singer with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar saying she was talented “beyond compare”.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins praised O’Connor’s “extraordinarily beautiful, unique voice”, adding that he hoped “her spirit [may] find the peace she sought in so many different ways.”
O’Connor was remembered at a funeral in her former hometwon of Bray, Co Wicklow.
A huge funeral procession saw crowds of fans line the seafront before breaking into song.
U2 stars Bono, The Edge and Adam Clayton were among those who attended her private funeral service.
Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof, who was also in attendance, later followed O’Connor’s funeral procession in a taxi.
The stars knew each other since childhood, with Bob revealing how Sinead had sent him texts “laden with despair” in the weeks before her death.
Sinead was remembered as a “beloved daughter of Ireland” with “a poet’s heart” whose “voice moved a generation of young people” during the service.
And her family thanked the “countless kind people” who offered condolences since her tragic death in a public message in August.
Her three surviving children - Roisín, Jake and Yeshua - along with her extended family, said the support helped them through.
The post said: “The children of Sinead together with Sinead’s extended family wish to thank the countless kind people who sympathised and offered condolences on Sinead’s recent passing.
“Their helpful support for the family is much appreciated.
“We thank the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina and An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD for their attendance at the funeral service on the morning of 8th August 2023.
“Our thanks also to Dingle Druid Juli Ní Mhaoileóin for her leading of the funeral service and later, the interment ceremonies in the lovely Garden in Deansgrange Cemetery.
“Further thanks to Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri and his colleagues for the Muslim prayers and blessing of Sinéad at both these ceremonies.”
Sinead had been in talks for a major biopic about her life - and was also planning the release of new music when she tragically died.
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