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Sinéad O’Connor spoke of ‘violent’ stalker weeks before her death

The singer-songwriter died last week at home in London

By Charlotte Krol

Sinead O'Connor performs live in Torino, Italy on January 19, 2020
O'Connor took to Twitter to criticise the Irish state. (Photo: Alessandro Bosio/Alamy)

Sinéad O’Connor had warned her fans that she was being harassed by a “violent” stalker weeks before her death.

O’Connor advised her followers to avoid engaging with fake social media accounts that were posing as hers. She said that fans should check with her management before trying to contact her.

“There is one stalker. Female. Violent: again, NEVER engage with anyone claiming they know me without asking my management,” the musician wrote in a tweet posted on 15 July.

In another tweet shared on the same day, O’Connor claimed that “an extremely disturbed male sexual predator groomed vulnerable female fans on my Twitter page by claiming to be my boyfriend”.

The tweets appeared on the Twitter account with the handle @786OmShahid, which is believed to be O’Connor’s official page, as reported by JOE.

According to The Sun, a close friend of O’Connor said: “Sinéad felt very uncomfortable. She had started a new life in ­London but this person was making her feel on edge.

“Sinéad confided in people and said she’d had gifts she believed to be from this person. It was upsetting.”

O’Connor died last week at her home in London at the age of 56. Police have so far confirmed that her death is not being treated as suspicious.

Tributes soon poured in for the Irish singer-songwriter, while Morrissey lashed out those who have paid tribute to her in death but otherwise shunned her when she was alive.