Sinead O'Connor reveals teen son Shane, 17, 'hanged himself' after going missing from hospital two days before death

SINEAD O'Connor has revealed her teenage son hanged himself after he was found dead yesterday.

The heartbroken mum posted to social media about 17-year-old Shane's cause of death.

She wrote on Twitter that her son had hanged himself.

The 55-year-old Irish singer previously said she had identified her son's body, following a days-long search for the teen after he disappeared from Tallaght Hospital in Dublin on Thursday.

Irish cops confirmed a search for Shane had been "stood down" following the discovery of a body yesterday.

A spokesperson said: "Following the recovery of a body in the Bray area of Wicklow on Friday, 7th January 2022, a Missing Person Appeal in respect of Shane O'Connor, 17 years, has been stood down."

Mum-of-four Sinead confirmed Shane's tragic passing earlier today, paying tribute to him on social media.

She wrote: "My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God.

"May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace:"

The 55-year-old later tweeted a Bob Marley song which she dedicated to Shane: "This is for my Shaney. The light of my life. The lamp of my soul. My blue-eye baby.

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"You will always be my light. We will always be together. No boundary can separate us."

Following Shane's disappearance from the Dublin hospital, where his mum claimed he was on "suicide watch", the singer made a desperate plea for his return.

She said: “Shane, your life is precious. God didn’t chisel that beautiful smile on your beautiful face for nothing.

"My world would collapse without you. You are my heart. Please don’t stop it from beating. Please don’t harm yourself. Go to the Gardai and let’s get you to hospital.

"This is a message for my son, Shane.

"Shane, it’s not funny anymore all this going missing. You are scaring the crap out of me.

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“Could you please do the right thing and present yourself at a Gardai station. If you are with Shane please call the Gardai for his safety".

The Nothing Compares 2 U singer also threatened the hospital with a lawsuit after Shane went missing two days before he died.

The singer has claimed that Tallaght Hospital, in Dublin, were “refusing to take any responsibility” for Shane's disappearance.

She also said: "May God forgive the Irish State for I never will."

Police had previously issued an appeal for the missing teen, alongside a picture of Shane the day before he died.

He is seen in the CCTV image wearing dark jeans, a black hoodie with a colourful symbol on the front, a dark red top and white trainers.

If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 116123.

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