Sinead O’Connor cancels all gigs for ‘her own health and wellbeing’ five months after death of teenage son

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O’Connor on stage in 2012 (Getty Images)
O’Connor on stage in 2012 (Getty Images)

Sinead O’Connor has cancelled all upcoming live performances five months after the death of her teenage son.

In January, the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer announced the death of her 17-year-old son Shane, who she said had “decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God”.

In a statement shared on Friday (17 June), O’Connor’s management said that due to her continuing grief, the musician was cancelling all her forthcoming tour dates and would not be performing for the rest of the year.

Stressing that it was not an easy decision for the singer, they said she had cancelled the performances for the sake of “her own health and wellbeing”.

“We would like to respectfully announce that due to continuing grief over the tragic loss of her beloved son Shane earlier this year, Sinead O’Connor will not be performing live in 2022,” they said in a statement.

“Thank you to Sinead’s friends and fans whose support and understanding we hold in the highest esteem throughout this period. The love being shown has been a source of great comfort and peace for Sinead.”

All ticket holders for planned events, including the Galway International Arts Festival and Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, will be contacted.

In February, O’Connor said that she would never perform again after Shane’s death as there was “nothing to sing about”.

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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