Sinead O’Connor has been found safe after dropping out of sight around 6 a.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2016, while going for a bike ride in Wilmette, Illinois. She reportedly reappeared at the $84-a-night Best Western Hotel in Morton Grove, a Chicago suburb, on Monday morning and was taken to a local hospital.
Wilmette police had acknowledged the reported disappearance of 49-year-old Sinead O’Connor and had been working on it. Hours after a police alert that set off a flurry of concerned messages on social media, authorities issued an official statement saying she had been found.
“Sinead O’Connor has been located. She is safe and is no longer listed as a missing/endangered person.”
According to The Guardian, a concerned caller had contacted police after seeing Sinead on a bicycle on Sunday. O’Connor was reportedly operating a Raleigh motorized bike, and the word “Ireland” was displayed on the back of her sweatshirt. At around 9 a.m. on Sunday, a posting by her was found on her Facebook page addressing her adult son Jake and talking about her custody battle with her ex-partner Donal Lunny.
Another issue that’s been building up concerns Prince, the pop idol who wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U,” the song that made Sinead an international star. O’Connor posted this Facebook message just days after the Purple Rain star was found dead.
“Anyone imagining Prince was not a long-time hard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land.”
According to TMZ, Sinead’s post went on to characterize Arsenio Hall as “Prince’s and Eddie Murphy’s b****”. O’Connor claimed to have found out that Hall had supplied the black singing idol with drugs “over the decades,” and also “spiked me years ago at Eddie Murphy’s house.”
The next day, Sinead O’Connor posted a longer message, stating that Hall had argued with her on her refusal to attend the Grammys, had given her the spiked joint as a pretend peace offering, and had laughed as she found herself collapsing.
Hall filed a lawsuit against her for $5 million, and when Sinead O’Connor found out about it, she issued a lengthy response on Facebook.
“I’m more amused than I’ve ever dreamed a person could be and look forward very much to how hilarious it will be watching him trying to prove me wrong.”
Sinead O’Connor added that she found the DEA taking her seriously enough to question all of Prince’s friends and aides from the last thirty years regarding his drug use and where he obtained his drugs.
The lawsuit categorically denied that Hall, host of The Arsenio Hall Show, supplied Prince with hard drugs or gave Sinead O’Connor a spiked joint. Hall’s suit also accused her of being a “desperate attention-seeker.”
Sinead’s past emotional struggles have authorities worried about her ability to handle the crises in her life. O’Connor has been open about her penchant for suicidal thoughts in the past. She confessed to Oprah Winfrey in 2007 of having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder leading to an attempted suicide on her thirty-third birthday.
Sinead got medical treatment back in November 2015 after leaving her family what sounded like a suicide note, claiming she had overdosed on pills. People who checked on O’Connor at that time found her safe, but her suicidal tendencies have become common knowledge.
According to Newsweek, Sinead O’Connor told Norwegian station NRK in November 2014 that she did meet Prince a couple of times, found they didn’t get along, and had a “punch-up” with him. She explained how the meeting went.
“He summoned me to his house after ‘Nothing Compares 2U.’ I made it without him. I’d never met him. He summoned me to his house – and it’s foolish to do this to an Irish woman – he said he didn’t like me saying bad words in interviews. So I told him to f*** off.”
She added that she had to escape out of his house at five in the morning because he was getting violent. Sinead O’Connor found that Prince “packed a bigger punch than mine.”
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