Sinead O'Connor Reported Missing in Chicago Suburb [Updated]

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Sinead O’Connor has reportedly gone missing from a Chicago suburb, after leaving for a bike ride early Sunday. O’Connor has been publicly struggling with mental health issues and a fraught child custody situation.


NBC reports that O’Connor was reported missing Sunday morning by a caller “who expressed concern for her well-being,” per the station. She left for a bike ride around 6 a.m. in Wilmette.

TMZ reports that an alert sent out by police classifies O’Connor as “missing suicidal.” She was last seen wearing a black parka, black leather pants, and a sweatshirt reading “Ireland” on the bike, riding a Raleigh motorized bike with a pink basket.

O’Connor has four children; she’s posted frequently on Facebook about her custody battle with ex Donal Lunny over their 11-year-old son, Shane. Her last Facebook post before she went missing was directed at another son, Jake, who is 29.

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O’Connor was found safe in November after posting a distressing Facebook status in which she said she had taken an overdose. She’s also currently being sued by Arsenio Hall over claims she made that he provided drugs to Prince.

Update, 3 p.m.:

WGN is reporting that O’Connor was found safe at a nearby hotel and taken to a local hospital.


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, do not leave them alone. Remove any firearms, drugs or sharp objects from the area. If possible, take them to a walk-in clinic at a psychiatric hospital or a hospital emergency room. Otherwise, call 911 or the suicide hotline.

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Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.



I think, often that there’s a blessing in mediocrity. Talent, as possessed by Sinead, Amy Winehouse, Susan Boyle, Robin Williams, Katt Williams, Jim Carrey, William Styron, Jonathan Winters and so may others is a burden, driving them to expose themselves, be vulnerable to opportunists and emotional/financial vampires and sometimes to break down utterly and completely often resorting to substances for comfort. They’re frequently under constant scrutiny and mocked.

Sorry for generalizations.

I hope she’s found, but I have a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach.