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Fans lay tributes and light candles for Sinead OConnor ahead of funeral

Fans lay tributes and light candles for Sinead O’Connor ahead of funeral

The Irish Grammy-winning singer was found unresponsive by police at her south-east London home, aged 56

Tributes have been laid outside the former home of Sinead O’Connor ahead of her funeral on Tuesday.

Fans are expected to line an Irish coastal road to bid farewell to the acclaimed singer, as the cortege passes by before a private burial.

Handwritten notes left outside her former home in Bray, Co Wicklow, thanked her for sharing her voice and her music.

One note said: “You are forever in my heart.”

A pink chair was placed outside the pink-framed conservatory of the house, located on the seafront, with pink flowers and a photo of the singer placed at the base of the chair.

One sign left at the wall of the property listed causes that the singer had expressed support for, including welcoming refugees: “Where words fail, music speaks.”

A neighbour was also seen putting candles on the wall that separated the two properties.

O’Connor’s family have asked people who wish to say a “last goodbye” to stand along the Bray seafront as the cortege passes by.

The procession is expected to start at 10.30am at the Harbour Bar end of the Strand Road and will continue past her former home, Montebello, where she lived for 15 years.

Since her death on July 26, people have been leaving flowers and paying their respects at the house, which the singer sold in 2021 and which now lies empty.

“Sinead loved living in Bray and the people in it,” a statement issued by her family said.

“With this procession, her family would like to acknowledge the outpouring of love for her from the people of Co Wicklow and beyond, since she left last week to go to another place.”

The Irish Grammy-winning singer was found unresponsive by police at her south-east London home, aged 56.

A host of tributes have flooded in from fans and famous artists across the world in response to her death, including Russell Crowe, Annie Lennox, Cyndi Lauper and Bob Geldof.

A councillor for Bray East said fans are “grateful” to the family for allowing them the opportunity to “say goodbye” to the late Irish singer.

Erika Doyle told BBC Breakfast: “I was a lifelong fan of Sinead. We met quite by chance when she moved to Bray… Sinead, although she was attached to Bray and very Irish, she was a global superstar, that is easy for us to forget here in Bray – she touched lives across the world.”

She added: “Sinead’s legacy is still being written and I think it will for some time… We are very grateful to Sinead’s family for allowing the opportunity to say goodbye…

“People are taking the opportunity to connect with her in some way.

“I always said about Sinead she was actually quite quiet, but she was never silent.

“We need to mourn the Sinead of Nothing Compares, but (also) the Sinead who shone a light on difficult areas.

“She was controversial but in the way when people say things that people aren’t ready for… speaking truth to power.”

Several gatherings were held in the days after O’Connor’s death in Dublin, Belfast and London, where members of the public paid tribute to her legacy as a musician and activist.

O’Connor, who was born in Dublin in December 1966, released her first album The Lion And The Cobra in 1987.

Her second studio album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, followed in 1990 and contained the hit single Nothing Compares 2 U, which saw O’Connor top the charts in countries around the world.

The track earned her multiple Grammy Award nominations including for the prestigious record of the year category, as well as best female pop vocal performance and best music video.

In 1991, she was named artist of the year by Rolling Stone magazine and took home the Brit Award for international female solo artist.

She released a further eight studio albums, the latest being 2014’s I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss.

In 2018, O’Connor announced that she had converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada’ Sadaqat.

Following her death, her music management company 67 Management said she had been finishing a new album, reviewing tour dates for next year and was also considering “opportunities” around a movie of her book.

O’Connor’s death is not being treated as suspicious by authorities.

A London coroner did not find a medical cause of death and suggested that the post-mortem examination results may take several weeks.

Published: by Radio NewsHub

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