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GRIEF-STRICKEN SINEAD’S THREAT TO SUE HOSPITAL AS SON, 17, FOUND DEAD

Mail on Sunday logo Mail on Sunday 1/8/2022 katie.hind

SINGER Sinead O’Connor last night paid tribute to her teenage son, whose body was found a day after he disappeared from the hospital where he had been undergoing psychiatric treatment.

The heartbroken star announced 17-year-old Shane’s death on Twitter, describing him as ‘the very light of my life’ and saying he had ‘decided to end his earthly struggle’. Ms O’Connor had earlier threatened the hospital with legal action, saying: ‘How has a 17-year-old traumatised young person WHO WAS ON SUICIDE WATCH in Tallaght Hospital’s Lynn ward been able to go missing?

‘Hospital, of course, so far refusing to take any responsibility. Anything happens to my son on their watch? Lawsuits.’

Police officers in Ireland said they recovered a body on Friday night in the Bray area of Wicklow, south of Dublin, and confirmed their search for Shane was over.

Ms O’Connor, 55, said: ‘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. May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example.’

Shane was reported missing from Dublin’s Tallaght University Hospital on Thursday. He had been at the hospital ‘on suicide watch’ after experiencing a severe mental health crisis, according to Ms O’Connor.

In a series of anguished tweets, the mother-of-four appealed to her son to go to a police station.

She said: ‘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.’

The singer yesterday also fiercely criticised Ireland’s child services organisation, Tusla, saying a representative had yet to contact her. She said: ‘Twenty-six hours after my son died in the so-called care of the Irish state in the form of Tusla, I have yet to receive any contact from Tusla or their representatives. I was informed by Gardai of my son’s death. No contact from Tusla is unacceptable.’

Ms O’Connor has been open about Shane’s mental health struggles. In February last year, she asked fans to pray for the teenager after revealing she’d had a ‘hideous day from Hell’.

Ms O’Connor, who became a superstar in 1990 with a cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U, before converting to Islam and taking the name Shuhada, had previously appealed for the public’s help when Shane went missing in January 2019.

Former Pogues singer Shane MacGowan offered his condolences to his friend, and paid tribute to her son. He said: ‘You have always tried to heal and help.

‘I pray that you can be comforted and find strength, healing and peace in your own sorrow and loss. He was a beautiful boy and I loved him.’

Shane’s father, Irish folk singer Donal Lunny, 74, split with Ms O’Connor shortly after their son was born in 2004.

lFor confidential support, go to samaritans.org or call the Samaritans on 116123.

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