Who was Sinead O'Connor's son Shane and how did he die?

SINEAD O'Connor's son Shane was tragically found dead after disappearing from Tallaght Hospital in Dublin on Friday, January 7, 2022.

Tributes to the 17-year-old, led by his devastated mother, have been pouring in.

Who was Shane O'Connor?

Shane is the son of Sinead, an Irish singer-songwriter, and Donal Lunny, an Irish folk musician and producer.

The pair split shortly after Shane was born.

Shane was one of Sinead's four children – Jake Reynolds, Roisin Waters and Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadio.

He was last seen in Tallaght, South Dublin, on Friday, January 7, 2022, as police were alerted to his disappearance.

Police had previously launched an appeal for assistance finding Shane with Sinead tweeting: "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.

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"This is a message for my son, Shane. Shane, it’s not funny anymore 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".

On January 6, 2022, a spokesperson for the police confirmed that a Missing Person Appeal for the teenager had been "stood down" following the discovery of a body.

How did he die?

Sinead and her family were reportedly concerned about Shane's mental health as he disappeared from Tallaght Hospital, where his mum claimed he had been on "suicide watch".

Sinead also threatened the hospital with a lawsuit after her son went missing.

She wrote: "Like, how has a seventeen-year-old traumatised young person WHO WAS ON SUICIDE WATCH in Tallaght Hosptial'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. 

"I want to know why Lynn Ward at Taillight hospital who were supposed to have HCA's supervise my child 24/7 have managed to let him out of their grasp this morning when 7 days ago he made two severe suicide attempts."

Unfortunately, on January 8, 2022, police confirmed that they had found Shane's body, leaving his family devastated.

No official cause of death has been released, but it appears that the teen may have taken his own life.

Writing on her twitter, Sinead urged other teens to avoid making the same decision "my son felt forced into choosing".

She said: "I have seen many deceased folks in my life.

"My son is the only one who did not look at peace. Suicide will not bring you peace. It is a lie."

What has Sinead said?

After the news of Shane's tragic death, Sinead tweeted: "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. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace:"

She also later tweeted a Bob Marley song which she dedicated to Shane: "This is for my Shaney. The light of my life. The lamp of my soul. My blue-eye baby.

"You will always be my light. We will always be together. No boundary can separate us."

Other stars have also shared their condolences, including The Pogues star Shane McGowan, who wrote on twitter: "Sinead you have always been there for me and for so many people, you have been a comfort & a soul who is not afraid to feel the pain of the suffering.

"You have always tried to heal & help. I pray that you can be comforted & find strength, healing & peace in your own sorrow & loss."

Ireland AM presenter Muireen O'Connell commented on Sinead's Twitter account to share her sympathies, writing: "I am so terribly sorry for your tragic loss.

"My thoughts are with you and your family."

Sinead's fans also shared their support for the star, with many sharing pictures and videos of lost loved ones underneath her tribute to her son Shane.

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