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

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.

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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.

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.

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Update, 3 p.m.:

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

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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

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.

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