Smiling Sinead O'Connor after moving back to UK weeks before her death

Smiling Sinead O'Connor after moving back to UK weeks before her death

Tragic Sinead O’Connor’s final days: Troubled star was living in London, ‘planned to write new tunes’ and had visited ballet at nearby theatre before her mystery death – amid questions over what remains of her ‘£4million fortune’

Sinead O’Connor had just moved back to London at the start of July – calling the city her ‘home’ – and described her hope and excitement at seeing the ballet and writing new songs in the days before she died, MailOnline can reveal today.

The singer’s fans in Ireland, Britain and around the world are mourning her death of at the age of 56 as mystery still surrounds how, where and when she passed away. 

There is also the question of her fortune, which some say could by £4million but others estimate may have dwindled to nothing despite royalties from her biggest hit Nothing Compares 2 U, originally written by Prince.

Today MailOnline can reveal that the star had just moved to her ‘nice new flat’, believed to be in West London, where she planned to ‘write new tunes’ and gave hints for a forthcoming album and a world tour. 

Sinead also revealed her thrill of seeing the ballet in London less than two weeks ago. She tweeted: ‘SO fuggin excited to go see Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote in 14 hours and 17 minutes !!! I mean, just, OM effin’ G !!!’ Nureyev’s masterpiece was being screened at cinemas in the UK. 

In a Twitter video she proudly showed off her black Martin Johnny Cash electro acoustic guitar on the wall and said she was going to pen new songs. She hinted that she would release a new album ‘next year’ and ‘hopefully’ start touring again, with dates in Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand mooted in 2024 and 2025. 

Sinead O’Connor filmed her new flat and seemed happy having just moved back to London at the start of July

In what appears to be her final video on social media, Ms O’Connor told her Twitter followers she was writing new songs

The singer’s fans in Ireland, Britain and around the world are mourning her death of at the age of 56 as mystery still surrounds how, where and when she passed away.

In a video tour of her flat, she showed her guitar on the wall and said she was writing new songs

She said she was happy to be home in London and showed fans sunflowers from a friend and the packing 

Sinead also tweeted he excitement at seeing a screening of Nureyev performing

Fans had frothed with excitement over how buoyant she seemed after years of struggling with bipolar, depression and the devastating death of her son Shane, 17, last year.

She took to social media that she had just moved back to London and felt ‘very happy to be home’ in a video shot in her new flat on July 9. 

The social media video was filmed by the singer to prove it was her Twitter account and showed she was in the process of unpacking. Apologising for the mess, she laughed and apologised as she called the modern flat a ‘s***hole’ because her belongings were on the surfaces.

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Nothing Compares 2 U was released as a single in 1990 and was a massive hit for O’Connor

But there were also jokes about putting Vaseline on her face to look after her skin and ‘beautiful’ sun flowers that her friend had bought as a housewarming gift.

In a statement yesterday evening, her family said: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad. Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.’ 

At the time of her death, the musician, who changed her name to Shuhada’ Sadaqat in 2018 when she converted to Islam, was spending her time between Roscommon and London. 

The cause of her death and any details of where she died were not disclosed last night. Mother-of-four Ms O’Connor is survived by her three remaining children.

Sinead O’Connor revealed she was living like an ‘undead night creature’ since her son’s suicide last year in a poignant and desperate final Twitter post shortly before her death.

Ms O’Connor had struggled with mental health issues since her son Shane, 17, took his own life in January 2022 after escaping hospital while on suicide watch, comparing her existence to being in purgatory. 

She said: ‘He was the love of my life, the lamp of my soul. We were one soul in two halves. He was the only person who ever loved me unconditionally’.

Sinéad also posted a series of Spotify links to sad songs, including one she dedicated to ‘all mothers of suicided children’. She also posted links to How Can You Mend A Broken Heart by Al Green, as well as Curtis Mayfield’s Here But I’m Gone and No One Knows About a Good Thing.

The late star’s death at the age of 56 was revealed yesterday, sparking an outpouring of grief in her native Ireland and around the world.  

Last week, she has hailed her late son Shane as the ‘love of her life’ and the ‘only person who ever loved me unconditionally’, adding that she felt ‘lost’ without him.

The Irish singer has died at the age of 56, a statement from her family confirmed. Her loved ones have requested privacy and did not disclose a cause of death.

Sinead O’Connor (pictured in 1990) shared how she had been living as an ‘undead night creature’ since her son’s suicide last year in a cryptic final Twitter post

Ms O’Connor has apparently struggled with mental health issues since her son Shane, 17, took his own life in January 2022 after escaping hospital while on suicide watch. She posted this photo with her son last week

Born Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor in Glenageary, Co. Dublin, in December 1966, the singer had a difficult childhood. One of five children, O’Connor spoke out about being subjected to physical abuse at the hands of her mother, who died in a car crash in 1985. At the age of 15, she was placed in a Magdalene asylum for shoplifting and truancy.

However, her musical talents were discovered while she was there and she released her first critically acclaimed album, The Lion And The Cobra, in 1987.

Her 1990 recording of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U earned O’Connor multiple Grammy Award nominations and, in 1991, she was named artist of the year by Rolling Stone magazine.

In her career she recorded 10 solo albums, wrote songs for films and collaborated with other artists, but was also well known for her controversial outbursts.

In 1990, O’Connor said she would refuse to go on stage in New Jersey if The Star-Spangled Banner was performed.

And the singer, who frequently spoke out about the child abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, made global headlines two years later when she ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II while appearing as a guest on US TV show Saturday Night Live.

O’Connor was later ordained as a priest by a bishop from an independent Catholic group and announced that she wanted to be known as Mother Bernadette Mary.

In 2014, she revealed she had joined Sinn Féin and called for leader Gerry Adams to stand down.

O’Connor worried fans in August 2017 when she posted a video to Facebook in which she tearfully spoke about feeling ‘suicidal’ because of her mental health issues.

Married four times, O’Connor announced in an interview with a US magazine in 2000 that she was a lesbian and claimed to be bisexual in subsequent press interviews. She also spoke openly about suffering from mental health problems. During an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007, O’Connor revealed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had suffered with suicidal thoughts.

The mother-of-four told Winfrey that medication had helped her find more balance, but said it was ‘a work in progress’.

In 2012, O’Connor cancelled a planned tour, saying her doctor had told her to rest after a ‘very serious breakdown’.

And, in November 2015, she posted a message on Facebook saying she had taken an overdose at a hotel in Ireland.

The next month, she said she had been detained in a hospital for mental health evaluation.

O’Connor was reported missing in the US in May 2016 when she failed to return from an early morning bike ride after making a series of Facebook posts about her family. October 2018 saw her announce she had converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada’ Davitt.

Following her son’s funeral last year, O’Connor posted a series of tweets in which she said she had ‘decided to follow my son’ but later apologised and said she was being admitted to hospital.

She is survived by her three children, Jake 34, Róisín, 25, and Yeshua, 15.

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