Legions of fans mourn Sinead O’Connor (VIDEOS) — RT Games & Culture

Crowds gathered in the streets of Bray, Ireland, on Tuesday to pay their last respects to Sinead O’Connor, the iconic and controversial singer who died last month at the age of 56. Mourners included the Irish president and prime minister, U2 star Bono, and Live Aid singer and producer Bob Geldof.

O’Connor’s funeral procession passed his former seaside home in Bray en route to a private burial, where Muslim funeral prayers were led by Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri of the Islamic Center of Ireland.

“Sinead never stopped her search to fully know God, exemplifying a life marked by deep communion with God,” » said Al-Qadri. “I know that people of all faiths across the world will pray for this beloved daughter of Ireland, among them countless Muslims will pray for their sister in faith and humanity.”

O’Connor rose to fame with her cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” in 1990, and became one of the most prolific artists of the 1990s. Not afraid to stir up controversy, O’Connor tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II during an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” in 1992. The stunt generated a wave of condemnation from his fellow celebrities, but O’Connor continued to s expressing against the Catholic Church and promoting feminist causes.

After a brief stint as a priestess of the breakaway Latin Tridentine Church, O’Connor converted to Islam in 2018. Faced with mental health issues and anguished by the death of her son by suicide the year Last, O’Connor was found dead in her London. at home last month. Police have not released the cause of death.

As O’Connor’s coffin passed through Bray, loudspeakers played a collection of his most famous works, including his extraordinary rendition of the traditional Irish ballad ‘The Foggy Dew’. Flags and signs hung outside her home honoring the causes she supported: Palestinian liberation, gay rights and justice for victims of sexual abuse by clerics.

“The outpouring of grief and appreciation for the life and work of Sinead O’Connor demonstrates the profound impact she had on the people of Ireland,” » said President Michael D. Higgins in a statement. “Sinead’s unique contribution involved the experience of great vulnerability combined with a superb and exceptional level of creativity which she chose to convey through her voice, music and songs. » he added.

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