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Sinead O'Connor's 17-year-old son, Shane, dies by apparent suicide after vanishing

"My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace," the singer tweeted Friday.
Sinead O'Connor Performs At The Vogue Theatre
Singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor performs at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Feb. 1, 2020.Andrew Chin / Getty Images file

Sinead O'Connor's 17-year-old son, Shane O'Connor, died after he disappeared last week, O'Connor announced Friday 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," tweeted O’Connor, the controversial Irish singer and songwriter. "May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace."

O'Connor's management company confirmed the death.

"Regrettably, we can confirm that Sinead’s son Shane has indeed passed. We would politely ask that the utmost respect and compassion be observed at this most difficult time for Sinead and family," 67 Management said in a statement Saturday.

Shane O’Connor had apparently been on suicide watch at a hospital in Dublin, according to tweets posted on Sinead O'Connor's personal Twitter account.

She blamed the hospital for letting him "out of their grasp."

"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," she wrote. "If you are with Shane please call the Gardai for his safety."

"Gardaí" is the common name for Ireland’s national police force.

In another message, Sinead O'Connor pleaded with her son not to harm himself.

"Shane, your life is precious. God didn’t chisel that beautiful smile on your beautiful face for nothing," she tweeted. "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."

Police in Dublin did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday. The police department told The U.S. Sun that Shane O’Connor was found dead Friday in Wicklow, south of Dublin.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit for additional resources.