Sinead O'Connor paid for anguished woman's counselling after radio plea

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Sinead O'Connor paid for anguished woman's counselling after radio plea

Sinead O'Connor 's secret kind acts have emerged after her tragic death aged 56. The Nothing Compares 2 U singer's death was announced on Wednesday, July 26 before tributes started flooding in from stars far and wide.

The Irish singer, who was found unresponsive at her home in South London home in the area of Lambeth, often donated huge sums of money to good causes and charities close to heart, but Sinead always chose to keep her kind acts 'below the radar', as she sought out helping countless people unbeknownst to everyone else.

Following the news of of her tragic death – which came just 18-months after her son Shane, 17, took his own life – heartwarming stories of Sinead's incredible generosity and kindness have emerged, as fans and famous faces alike celebrate the wonderful and brave woman she was.

Opening up about one particular touching story, Newstalk host Sean Moncrieff told Irish listeners this week how the Mandinka hitmaker paid for a helpless mother's counselling sessions after Sinead heard the anguish in her voice as the mum spoke live on air during a radio segment.

Sinead O'Connor paid for anguished woman's counselling after radio plea erideuiqtqiqdrinvSinead kindly paid for the stressed out mother's counselling (Kim Haughton/REX/Shutterstock)
Sinead O'Connor paid for anguished woman's counselling after radio pleaSinead's kind acts have emerged following her sad death at 56 (Kim Haughton/REX/Shutterstock)

Sean, 62, reminisced on the touching story as he paid tribute to Sinead after learning of her sad death. Speaking of the late singer's incredible kindness, Sean recalled: "I never met Sinead O'Connor but I do have this one kind of story that's kind of related to the show.

Sinéad O’Connor, 56, has died 18 months after her son's tragic deathSinéad O’Connor, 56, has died 18 months after her son's tragic death

"We'd had the parenting slot as usual and one question came in from a woman who was absolutely distraught. And then this woman went on to describe her situation, which was absolutely horrendous, she was a single parent, her partner had just disappeared off the face of the map.

"She had two kids as I recall, and I think at least one of them had behavioural difficulties so she was having to cope with that. Plus, also, she was broke. She had no money. She had virtually no means of support. She was not really managing to put food on the table and she was feeling the wheels coming off, she was in an awful state."

The radio presenter went on: "And this woman had said, 'I'd love to go to counselling, I know I need counselling, but I just can't afford it.' And within two or three minutes, we got a text in following that, saying 'I'll pay for her counselling'.

"And it was from Sinead O'Connor. And apparently she did this kind of thing, I've heard from people who knew her, she used to do these kinds of things all the time, below the radar. They were the kind of things you wouldn't really hear about.

Sinead O'Connor paid for anguished woman's counselling after radio pleaSinead passed away on July 26 at the age of 56 (Mirrorpix)

"And there was a lot we knew about Sinead O'Connor and in the public domain, but perhaps an awful lot we didn't know at the same time. And that almost stuck with me as an example of somebody, literally and figuratively, putting their money where their mouth was. I just thought that I might share that with you," the emotional radio presenter concluded.

No medical cause has been given for the death of Sinead O’Connor and an autopsy will be conducted with results taking up to 'several weeks', London Inner South Coroner’s Court has said.

The Irish singer was found unresponsive at her home in South London, police revealed in a statement last week. The statement from the court said: "The death of Sinead O’Connor in Lambeth was notified to the coroner on Wednesday July 26 2023.

"No medical cause of death was given. The coroner therefore directed an autopsy to be conducted. The results of this may not available for several weeks," it read. "The decision whether an inquest will be needed 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."

In her final social media post, Sinead tweeted a picture of her late son and wrote: "Been living as undead night creature since. He was the love of my life, the lamp of my soul. We were one soul in two halves. He was the only person who ever loved me unconditionally. I am lost in the bardo without him.”

If you're struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or visit their site to find your local branch

Sinead O'Connor's heartbreaking final post before tragic death at just 56Sinead O'Connor's heartbreaking final post before tragic death at just 56

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