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The unexpected death of Sinead O’Connor at only 56 created a lot of buzz around her potential cause of death and other aspects of her life. While there are still some details being withheld, one area that’s pretty open for discussion is what she told her children to do if she passed away. She wanted to make sure they understood what to look for and how to handle her business affairs, so they wouldn’t be taken advantage of financially through her music rights or in other ways.
Years ago, O’Connor spoke with her children about how to handle her unexpected passing, if it were to happen, and the inheritance they would receive. By doing this, she gave them the information they needed to ensure they were protecting the music she created and other assets she had accumulated over the years. It’s not always easy to talk about death, especially with children. But, when there are serious financial issues on the line it’s important to make sure everyone understands what to do.
In a 2021 interview, O’Connor said she always told her children, if she “dropped dead” to call the accountant before calling 911. The goal was to make sure record companies didn’t start releasing records after her death while potentially finding ways to hide that money from her children. She also pointed out in the same interview that Tupac had more records come out after his death than he ever released while he was alive.
O’Connor rose to fame in 1990 with her rendition of a song written by Prince, called “Nothing Compares 2 U.” She had other hits, but nothing as well-known as that specific song. She also created a lot of controversy in her life when she destroyed a picture of Pope John Paull II on Saturday Night Live as a protest against the Catholic Church in 1992.
No matter what anyone thought of O’Connor or her music, she was always clear about being who she was and accepting any consequences that came along with that. It seems she gave that same logic to her children in requesting that they protect their inheritance before worrying about anything else.
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