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Sinead O’Connor ‘receiving medical treatment’ after Facebook post about overdose

O’Connor posted distraught message on official Facebook account, triggering concerns for her wellbeing

By Heather Saul

Published 30/11/2015

Sinéad O'Connor
Sinéad O'Connor

The singer Sinead O’Connor is reportedly receiving medical treatment after a worrying message about taking an ‘overdose’ was posted on her Facebook page.

O’Connor sparked fears for her wellbeing after the emotional post claiming she had taken an overdose at a hotel in Ireland was widely shared. She did not disclose the name or location of the hotel.

In the lengthy message posted two hours ago, O’Connor, who has four children, said she was “broken by events during this week and claimed to have been subject to “appalling cruelty”.

“The last two nights finished me off. I have taken an overdose” it read. “I am at a hotel, somewhere in Ireland, under another name. There is only so much any woman can be expected to bear.”

The authenticity of the post has not been verified and The Independent could not immediately reach a representative for O’Connor for comment. Gardai Police were alerted to her message and found O’Connor, according to the Irish Examiner.

She is reportedly “safe and well” and receiving medical treatment. 

A police spokesperson told The Independent it could not comment on individual cases. O’Conner, 48, underwent a hysterectomy in August and cancelled all of her 2015 shows in July to care for her child after he was diagnosed with a “life-threatening illness”.

She did not specify the nature of his illness at the time. Ruth Sutherland, Samaritans’ CEO said, "Our research shows that many people find social media to be a crucial outlet when they are struggling to cope. 

If you are concerned about someone you know, or are experiencing difficult feelings, talking through whatever is getting to you can make all the difference – it can be life saving."

Anyone in need of confidential support can contact The Samaritans 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 116 123 or by visiting

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