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Sinead O’Connor identifies body of son Shane, 17, found dead

Sinead O’Connor identifies body of son Shane, 17, found dead

SINEAD O’Connor has been left heartbroken after identifying the body of her teenage son who was found dead two days after going missing.

Shane O’Connor, 17, was found dead after vanishing from Tallaght Hospital in Dublin on Thursday.

Sinead paid tribute to her son on Twitter after identifying his body
Sinead paid tribute to her son on Twitter after identifying his body

Devastated mum Sinead, 55, confirmed that the teenager had died and described him as the “light of my life”.

The Nothing Compares 2 U singer has shared her grief after identifying his body, saying: “I have now formally identified the remains of my son, Shane. 

“I’m going to take private time now to grieve my son.”

She has also threatened the hospital with a lawsuit after Shane went missing two days before he died.

The singer has claimed that Tallaght Hospital, in Dublin, were “refusing to take any responsibility” for Shane’s disappearance.

Police had previously issued an appeal for the missing teen, alongside the picture.

He is seen in the CCTV image wearing dark jeans, a black hoodie with a colourful symbol on the front, a dark red top and white trainers.

But a spokesperson for the Gardai confirmed the search had been “stood down” following the discovery of a body.

Police issued CCTV which captured Shane's final moments before his tragic death
Police issued CCTV which captured Shane’s final moments before his tragic death

A spokesman said: “Following the recovery of a body in the Bray area of Wicklow on Friday, 7th January 2022, a Missing Person Appeal in respect of Shane O’Connor, 17 years, has been stood down.”

Mum-of-four Sinead confirmed Shane’s tragic passing, paying tribute to him on social media.

She wrote: “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 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.”


After Shane’s disappeared from the Dublin hospital, where his mum claimed he was on “suicide watch”, the singer made a desperate plea for his return.

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.

“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”.

In a statement the hospital said: “The HSE cannot comment on individual cases when to do so might reveal information in relation to identifiable individuals, breaching the ethical requirement on us to observe our duty of confidentiality.”

A spokesperson for Sinead O’Connor said: “Regrettably, we can confirm the passing of Shane O’Connor.

“We politely ask for respect and appreciation for Sinead, Shane’s father and Shane’s family at this most difficult time.”

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