Sinéad O'Connor's funeral to take place today as fans prepare to line the streets

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Sinéad O'Connor's funeral is set to take place in Ireland today, as fans line the streets to give the iconic singer the send-off that she deserves.

The singer sadly passed away aged 56 on July 26. Police were called to her London residence after receiving reports of an unresponsive woman.

O'Connor was declared dead at the scene, with a cause of death yet to be announced. The autopsy on the singer was completed last week, though it could take several weeks for the results to come through.

The star had an illustrious career, including her rendition of 'Nothing Compares 2 U' becoming the number one single in the world in 1990.

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Sinéad O'Connor sadly passed away aged 56. Credit: Andrew Chin / Getty

Fans are flocking to the seafront in Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland to pay their respects to O'Connor as her funeral procession is due to pass through at around 10:30AM today, per the Independent.

Fans have been told to line the seafront by the singer's family if they wish to pay their respects, as the procession will then make its way to a private burial.

O'Connor lived in Bray for 15 years, and her funeral procession will pass by her former home before the legendary singer reaches her final resting place.

Following the sad news of her death, fans have attended her former home and lined it with flowers as they take a moment to remember the singer and activist.

On Sunday, a large tribute to O'Connor appeared on a hillside in Bray which read "ÉIRE SINÉAD", accompanied by two hearts - Eire is the Irish name for Ireland.

O'Connor had a turbulent life, stemming from her childhood during which she alleged that her mother was abusive towards her - this had a big impact on her future work.

Speaking to Dr. Phil in 2017, O'Connor said about her mother: "She was not well. She was very, very, very not well. I would say she was possessed. Although I'm not sure I believe in such things. She ran a torture chamber. It was a torture chamber. She was a person who took delight and smile in hurting you."

The singer further revealed that she shaved her head in solidarity with her sister who her mother would refer to as "ugly". O'Connor further revealed that she had been the victim of rape and molestation, and having a shaved head was her way of avoiding such traumatic events.

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Fans will line the streets of Bray in Ireland to pay their final respects. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty

Despite the hardship that she faced, O'Connor was a lifelong advocate for victims of abuse, and despite having her personal battles with mental health, her support for those in a similar situation was unwavering.

This was signified by her iconic appearance on Saturday Night Live, where she ripped up an image of Pope John Paul II in protest of the child abuse taking place within the Catholic Church.

O'Connor will live on through her music and the people she helped throughout her life, and we're sure that the people of Ireland will give her the send-off she deserves today.

Featured image credit: The Washington Post/Getty

Sinéad O'Connor's funeral to take place today as fans prepare to line the streets

vt-author-image

By James Kay

Article saved!Article saved!

Sinéad O'Connor's funeral is set to take place in Ireland today, as fans line the streets to give the iconic singer the send-off that she deserves.

The singer sadly passed away aged 56 on July 26. Police were called to her London residence after receiving reports of an unresponsive woman.

O'Connor was declared dead at the scene, with a cause of death yet to be announced. The autopsy on the singer was completed last week, though it could take several weeks for the results to come through.

The star had an illustrious career, including her rendition of 'Nothing Compares 2 U' becoming the number one single in the world in 1990.

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Sinéad O'Connor sadly passed away aged 56. Credit: Andrew Chin / Getty

Fans are flocking to the seafront in Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland to pay their respects to O'Connor as her funeral procession is due to pass through at around 10:30AM today, per the Independent.

Fans have been told to line the seafront by the singer's family if they wish to pay their respects, as the procession will then make its way to a private burial.

O'Connor lived in Bray for 15 years, and her funeral procession will pass by her former home before the legendary singer reaches her final resting place.

Following the sad news of her death, fans have attended her former home and lined it with flowers as they take a moment to remember the singer and activist.

On Sunday, a large tribute to O'Connor appeared on a hillside in Bray which read "ÉIRE SINÉAD", accompanied by two hearts - Eire is the Irish name for Ireland.

O'Connor had a turbulent life, stemming from her childhood during which she alleged that her mother was abusive towards her - this had a big impact on her future work.

Speaking to Dr. Phil in 2017, O'Connor said about her mother: "She was not well. She was very, very, very not well. I would say she was possessed. Although I'm not sure I believe in such things. She ran a torture chamber. It was a torture chamber. She was a person who took delight and smile in hurting you."

The singer further revealed that she shaved her head in solidarity with her sister who her mother would refer to as "ugly". O'Connor further revealed that she had been the victim of rape and molestation, and having a shaved head was her way of avoiding such traumatic events.

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Fans will line the streets of Bray in Ireland to pay their final respects. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty

Despite the hardship that she faced, O'Connor was a lifelong advocate for victims of abuse, and despite having her personal battles with mental health, her support for those in a similar situation was unwavering.

This was signified by her iconic appearance on Saturday Night Live, where she ripped up an image of Pope John Paul II in protest of the child abuse taking place within the Catholic Church.

O'Connor will live on through her music and the people she helped throughout her life, and we're sure that the people of Ireland will give her the send-off she deserves today.

Featured image credit: The Washington Post/Getty