Concerned fans are expressing support for singer Sinead O’Connor when she tweeted on Thursday that she planned to end her life following the death of her 17-year-old son.
Irish-born O’Connor, 55, sent a series of tweets from the now-deleted account, saying she needed mental help.
“I’ve decided to follow my son. There’s no point in living without him,” O’Connor tweeted from the unverified account—though her verified account confirmed that the account was O’Connor’s personal Twitter. “Everything I touch, I ruin. I only stayed for him. And now he’s gone.”
Another tweet read, “I don’t deserve to live and everyone who knows me would be better off without me.”
An hour later, O’Connor sent out an additional tweet in which she apologized for her comments and said she was sorry for upsetting people.
The tweet read, “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that. I’m with the police on the way to the hospital now.” “I’m lost without my baby and I hate myself. The hospital will help for a while. But I’m going to find Shane. It’s just a delay.”
The Twitter account that O’Connor posted was deleted shortly after, but then reinstated with a tweet that he was “sorry for what I tweeted yesterday.”
O’Connor’s alarming messages were posted just a week after Shane’s third son died. Irish authorities found her body in the coastal town of Bray two days after the teenager was reported missing.
The cause of death for the 17-year-old has not been officially identified, but several reports claim that he died by suicide. This was apparently confirmed by his mother, who posted a message saying that her son had “decided to end his worldly struggle.”
O’Connor has spoken publicly in the past about her struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide. Following his tweet for help and his hospitalisation, fans on social media sent wishes on his behalf.
Music journalist Amsel Ponti tweeted, “It’s a very helpless feeling to see one of my favorite artists publicly say they want to end their lives while sitting at a desk in Maine.” “Please hold Sinead O’Connor close to your heart right now. And while we’re at it, check on your friends. They need you.”
Journalist Jazz Shaw expressed a similar sentiment.
“I hope Sinead O’Connor is helped if she is considering taking her own life after the death of her son,” Shaw tweeted. “Can’t imagine what she’s going through.”
O’Connor’s music career began in the 1980s, and he was put on the map with his 1987 debut album lion and cobra, She became world famous in the 1990s after her smash-hit “Nothing Compares 2 U”, which Board Named the world number 1 song of 1990.
Beyond his music, O’Connor has become renowned for his activism and outspoken views on a variety of topics throughout his career. This includes child abuse, religion and women’s rights.
In 1992, he made headlines around the world when he tore a picture of Pope John Paul II during a musical performance Saturday Night Live. She asked viewers to “fight the real enemy”, referring to her covering of numerous cases of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential support is available free of charge at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255, The line is available round the clock.