Sinead O’Connor’s heartache as her teenage son Shane dies aged 17

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Sinead O’Connor pictured in 2011 (Getty Images)
Sinead O’Connor pictured in 2011 (Getty Images)

Heartbroken Sinead O’Connor broke the news her teenage son Shane died aged 17.

The teenager was found dead two days after he went missing on Thursday when the police launched a huge search to find him.

Devastated, the 55-year-old singer said her “beautiful” son was the “light of my life” in a moving message on social media.

She said in a statement on Twitter: “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.

The 55-year-old singer said her “beautiful” son Shane was the “light of my life” (@OhSineady Twitter)
The 55-year-old singer said her “beautiful” son Shane was the “light of my life” (@OhSineady Twitter)

“May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace.”

Many of her fans rushed to share their sympathy with the star beneath her post.

Among the comments, one wrote: “I am so terribly sorry for your tragic loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.”

Another added: “Oh, Sinead. So very very sorry for your loss. Love to all your family. RIP.”

During the search, the musician had tweeted: “Shane, your life is precious. God didn’t chisel that beautiful smile on your beautiful face for nothing.

“My world would collapse without you. You are my heart. Please don’t stop it from beating. Please don’t harm yourself. Go to the Gardai and let’s get you to hospital.

“This is a message for my son, Shane. Shane, it’s not funny any more all this going missing. You are scaring the crap out of me. Could you please do the right thing and present yourself at a Gardai station. If you are with Shane please call the Gardai for his safety.”

The teenager was last seen in Tallaght, South Dublin, on Friday.

Police confirmed the sad news of the teenager’s death.

A spokesman told The Sun: “Following the recovery of a body in the Bray area of Wicklow on Friday, 7th January 2022, a Missing Person Appeal in respect of Shane O’Connor, 17 years, has been stood down.”

Shane is the son of Ms O’Connor and Donal Lunny.

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