Sinéad O’Connor’s autopsy complete, remains returned to family

Sinéad O’Connor’s remains have been returned to her family following her tragic death last week at the age of 56, according to a new report.

John Thompson, the clerk of the London Inner South district for Southwark Coroners Court, confirmed to the Irish Times on Thursday that an autopsy of O’Connor was completed before her remains were released to her family.

However, her autopsy report may not be ready “for some weeks,” Thompson told the outlet.

Details will be disclosed to the public only “if an inquest is opened into her death,” per the Irish Times.

Her July 26 death is not being treated as suspicious.

Photo of Irish singer Sinead O'Connor during a performance.
Sinead O’Connor’s death was announced on July 26 in a statement by her family.
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Police stated that an autopsy has been conducted, and her remains have been returned to her family.

 Irish singer Sinead O'Connor performs on stage during the Positivus music festival in Salacgriva July 18, 2009.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad,” the family of the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer said in a statement last week.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad,” the family of the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer said in a statement last week. “Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

London police said that O’Connor was pronounced dead at the scene when they were called at 11:18 a.m., to “reports of an unresponsive woman at a residential address in the SE24 area.”

O’Connor was born on Dec. 8, 1966, in Dublin, Ireland.

In 1987, at the age of 20, O’Connor erupted onto the music scene with her debut album, “The Lion and the Cobra,” and she went on to release 10 studio albums during her record-setting career.

Three years after her debut, she became a household name with a rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U” — a power ballad written by Prince.

In 1991, she won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance for her album “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.”

Sinead O'Connor performing.
O’Connor is survived by three children.

Photo of Sinead O'Connor with her son.
She was both a talented and controversial figure in the music scene.

Tribute photo of Sinead O'Connor.
Many mourned her passing last week.

She was an extremely talented and controversial figure in the music scene, getting banned from NBC for life after she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a 1992 guest appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

She initially said she was protesting the Catholic Church amid child sex abuse scandals.

However, in her 2021 memoir, “Rememberings,” she explained that the stunt actually had a different meaning.

“My intention had always been to destroy my mother’s photo of the pope,” she wrote. “It represented lies and liars and abuse. The type of people who kept these things were devils like my mother.”

An old photo showing Sinead O'Connor and her son Shane
One of O’Connor’s last tweets was a heartbreaking tribute to her late son, Shane, who died last year of suicide.

In 2018, she changed her name to Shuhada’ Sadaqat after deciding to convert to Islam.

Her passing came just 18 months after the January 2022 death of her 17-year-old son, Shane, by suicide.

In 2022, she was hospitalized after she made a series of alarming, since-deleted tweets on the platform X, formerly known as Twitter, claiming that she was going to “follow” her son.

One of her last tweets before her death was a moving tribute to Shane in which she detailed that she had “been living as [an] undead night creature since” his death.

O’Connor is survived by her three children, Jake Reynolds, 36, Roisin Waters, 27, and Yeshua Bonadio, 16.

The Post reached out to O’Connor’s rep for comment.

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