June 24, 2024

Meet the Singer’s Family, Including Late Son Shane

  • Sinéad O’Connor has died at age 56, her family confirmed to Irish news outlet RTE. 
  • O’Connor had four children: Jake, Roisin, Shane, and Yeshua. 
  • Here’s everything that you need to know about O’Connor’s family.

Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor has died at age 56, according to a statement from O’Connor’s family given to Irish news outlet RTE. 

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad,” the family’s statement reads. “Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

O’Connor is known for her 1990 cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which appeared on her second LP, “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.” She was nominated for eight Grammy Awards over the course of her career, and won the award for best alternative music performance for “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” at the 1991 awards show. O’Connor also famously tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a performance on “Saturday Night Live” in 1992 protesting abuse in the Catholic Church, an act for which she received backlash.

O’Connor is survived by her three living children, after her son Shane died by suicide at age 17 in 2022. Here’s everything that you need to know about her family.

Jake Reynolds is O’Connor’s eldest child

O’Connor gave birth to her son Jake Reynolds in June 1987, when she was married to producer John Reynolds. At the time, Today reported, O’Connor was 20 years old, and she gave birth three weeks before her debut album’s release. 

According to People, Jake works as a chef. O’Connor posted in July 2015 that he had welcomed a son, making her a grandmother, per the International Business Times.

Jake has largely remained out of the public eye, though O’Connor occasionally posted about him on social media.

Roisin Waters is O’Connor’s second child

O’Connor gave birth to Roisin, her only daughter, in 1995 with journalist John Waters, after her marriage to John Reynolds ended. The two eventually engaged in a custody battle over Roisin, which Waters won in 1999, MTV News reported at the time. According to MTV News, O’Connor decided to give Waters custody of their daughter following O’Connor’s suicide attempt.

O’Connor told People in 2021 that while her daughter had a “great singing voice,” she was relieved that Roisin didn’t choose to follow in her mother’s footsteps because she didn’t want Roisin to be treated “like they treat me.” According to People, Roisin works as a pastry chef.

Shane Lunny was O’Connor’s third child, and he died by suicide in 2022

O’Connor gave birth to Shane Lunny in 2004, having him with Irish singer Donal Lunny. In the 2021 People interview, O’Connor said that Shane was “a real mommy’s boy” who wanted to follow in his mother’s footsteps with a career in music.

In August 2017, O’Connor posted a video on Facebook saying that she had felt alone since losing custody of Shane, expressing suicidal ideation, per the Telegraph. 

Shane was found dead in January 2022, Insider previously reported, with O’Connor confirming on Twitter that he had died by suicide. 

“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,” O’Connor tweeted in a since-removed post.

“May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace,” she said. 

In a post made days before her death, People reported, O’Connor posted a tribute to her son. 

“Been living as an undead night creature since,” she wrote in a now-unavailable tweet, per People. “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.”

O’Connor’s youngest child is Yeshua Bonadio

O’Connor had her youngest child, son Yeshua Bonadio, with Frank Bonadio in 2006. O’Connor said in 2021, per People, that Frank was an American scientist, and that Yeshua was interested in attending college in the United States.

O’Connor said that Yeshua was an “incredible musician” who played the piano and had an “incredible singing voice.”

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