Supporters will have the chance to bid farewell to the cherished Irish vocalist Sinéad O’Connor through a public homage near her former residence in Ireland on Tuesday, August 8.
The memorial arrangements for the 56-year-old musician, who was sadly discovered dead at her London home on July 26, were disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by her family.
According to the Irish Times, they have invited mourners to offer their last respects during a funeral procession that will pass her residence of 15 years in Bray, situated on the Eastern Irish coastline just south of Dublin.
Starting at 10:30 am, the procession will pass Bray’s seafront Strand Road, before finishing concluding at the opposite end of the half-mile stretch. Her family will have a private burial afterwards.
“Sinéad adored residing in Bray and the individuals within it. Through this procession, her family aims to recognize the immense outpouring of affection she received from the people of Co[unty] Wicklow and beyond since she left for another realm last week,” the message concluded.
O’Connor, born on December 8, 1966, in Dublin, Ireland, was a chart-topper whose sudden passing took the world by surprise.
Last week, the London Inner South district for Southwark Coroners Court, confirmed that an autopsy of O’Connor had been conducted before her remains were released to her family.
The findings of the autopsy may not be available for several weeks, and details will only be divulged to the public “if an inquiry is initiated into her demise.”
The London police revealed that O’Connor was declared deceased at the scene after responding to a call at 11:18 am, reporting an unresponsive woman at a residential address in the SE24 region.
Currently, her passing is not being treated as suspicious.
In 1987, at the age of 20, O’Connor made her debut in the music scene with her first album, The Lion and the Cobra, and proceeded to release 10 studio albums during her groundbreaking career.
Three years after her debut, she gained widespread recognition with a rendition of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U‘ — a ballad originally composed by Prince.
In 1991, she took home a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance for her album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.
However, her journey was not without controversy, as she was permanently banned from NBC after tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live in 1992.
In 2018, she converted to Islam and adopted the name Shuhada’ Sadaqat.
Her death occurred just 18 months after the January 2022 passing of her 17-year-old son, Shane, due to suicide — something that she publicly struggled with, as one of her final Tweets was a tribute to her late child, revealing that she had been “living as [an] undead night creature since” his passing.
O’Connor is survived by her three children, Jake Reynolds, 36, Roisin Waters, 27, and Yeshua Bonadio, 16.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sinéad O’Connor’s family, friends, and fans at this difficult time.