Chicago police search for Sinead O’Connor after suicide alert

Family member says singer has threatened to harm herself

Police in Chicago are searching for Sinead O’Connor after the singer apparently threatened to commit suicide.

At 3:30pm yesterday (June 24), Chicago police were told by an unnamed family member in Ireland that O’Connor said she intended to throw herself from a bridge in the city.

Chicago police said they were not currently treating O’Connor as officially a missing person, but confirmed officers have been asked to be on the lookout for the singer.

The report comes a month after O’Connor was found by police in Chicago after failing to return from a bike ride around her home in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette.

In November, O’Connor wrote on Facebook that she had overdosed on pills in her hotel room in Ireland. She was found safe and taken to hospital. The following month, O’Connor said she had been detained in hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Following Prince’s death in April, O’Connor claimed that chatshow host Arsenio Hall had been Prince’s drug dealer, which Hall completely denied. O’Connor had her biggest hit with a cover of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2U’, but said in 2014 that she had “a punch-up” when she met Prince following her single’s release, claiming he hit her after they rowed about O’Connor’s use of bad language in interviews.

O’Connor released her most recent album ‘I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss’ in 2014.