Sinéad O’Connor Death ‘Not Being Treated As Suspicious,’ Police Say — Autopsy Results Expected Within the Next ‘Several Weeks’

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London’s Metropolitan Police don’t currently suspect foul play in the death of Sinead O’Connor, and autopsy results are forthcoming. Photo Credit: Krzysztof Hepner

Additional information is now emerging about the untimely death of Sinéad O’Connor, who passed away yesterday at the age of 56.

Upon confirming the unfortunate news to the Irish Times, the family members of Dublin-born Sinéad O’Connor disclosed few details, indicating in part that they were “devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

But the Met Police revealed today that the vocalist had been found unresponsive at a “residential address” in London at about 11:18 AM local time, with first responders ultimately pronouncing her dead at the scene. “The death is not being treated as suspicious,” the Met Police communicated in the same statement.

Meanwhile, the London Inner South Coroner’s Court published a formal update about O’Connor’s passing today, relaying that “no medical cause of death was given” and that the coroner had consequently “directed an autopsy to be conducted.” The results of this autopsy “may not [become] available for several weeks,” according to the update.

“The decision whether an inquest will be needed,” the text concludes, “will be decided when these results are known and submissions have been heard from the family. If an inquest is to be opened, the date of the brief public hearing will be provided on our website.”

More than a few fans and fellow artists have posted tributes about Sinéad O’Connor to social media, and according to the aforementioned Irish Times, supporters have organized multiple public memorials for the “Nothing Compares 2 U” act.

Tonight, the outlet reported, O’Connor fans are set to celebrate the Grammy winner’s life with a gathering at Dublin’s Irish Music Wall of Fame, while all available (free) passes have been claimed for “an impromptu gathering at the London Irish Centre,” according to the appropriate website. Additionally, a separate function is expected to take place Friday night at Penny Lane in Liverpool.

Lastly, evidence suggests that mourning supporters will eventually have the chance to hear unreleased music recorded by O’Connor, who’d been working on a new project prior to the unexpected passing of her son in early 2022. Plus, producer David Holmes has revealed that he and O’Connor had completed all but one track on a planned nine-song album.

“After the show we went back stage for a drink before heading back to Belfast and suddenly Sinéad appeared,” Holmes explained of the project in a lengthy Instagram post. “As she walked in my direction, and knowing that this was my one chance to talk to her I quickly introduced myself and told her that I wanted to make a record with her about healing. To my surprise her ears pricked up and after a quick chat she gave me her number not having a clue who I was.

“I’ll never forget that moment and how tickled she was – fully endorsing my brass neck. That was Sinéad. We stayed in touch and over the course of the next 5 years we somehow made that record. We only had one track to record which we planned on creating in sept[ember], but saying that, the 8 tracks we finished together, each one [is] as powerful as the next.”