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Sinéad O'Connor Says Teen Son Planned Funeral A Month Before His Death, Which Is Under Investigation
Sinéad O’Connor’s teenage son Shane O'Connor was found dead after leaving a hospital following multiple suicide attempts, she revealed on social media.
An independent review panel will investigate the death of singer Sinéad O’Connor’s teenage son, who she said planned his funeral weeks before his death by suicide.
Shane O'Connor, 17, took his own life on Friday, according to his mother, an Irish singer and songwriter who rose to popularity in the 1990s.
"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," she tweeted on Friday. "May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace."
The Dublin Police Department told The U.S. Sun that the teenager was found dead Friday in Wicklow, Ireland which is south of Dublin. Independent.ie reports that both national police and the National Review Panel, which examines incidents involving children known to child protection services, will investigate the teenager’s death. Shane was under the care of a child and family protection agency.
On Twitter, 55-year-old Sinéad— who received criticism in 1992 after ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul during a performance on Saturday Night Live — questioned why her son was allowed to leave a hospital following two “severe suicide attempts," according to Independent.ie.
“I have now formally identified the remains of my son, Shane. May God forgive the Irish State, for I never will,” Sinéad wrote in a now-deleted tweet, according to Independent.ie.
Later she apologized for “lashing out,” tweeting that the child and family protection agency Tusla “did their best.”
The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer also tweeted that her son had previously left suicide notes. In one note, penned about a month before Shane’s death, he included detailed plans for his funeral, according to his mother. Sinéad tweeted that the funeral will likely be on Thursday.
“So the funeral will be just his mother and father,” she wrote, adding that her son was Hindu. “This was also the wish Shane expressed in his suicide notes.”