Sinead O’Connor describes ‘lovely Hindu’ send-off for son Shane

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Sinead O’Connor has said goodbye to her son Shane with a “lovely Hindu ceremony” following his death aged 17.

O’Connor announced Shane’s death on Twitter last Saturday (8 January), writing that he “decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God”.

​​The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer went on to fiercely criticise the Irish health service HSE, the child and family agency Tusla, and the Irish state overall. She later apologised for “lashing out” on social media.

On Saturday (15 January), O’Connor tweeted that she and her loved ones had just held a ceremony to remember Shane.

“We just said goodbye to our beautiful angel, Shaney,” she wrote. “Very lovely Hindu ceremony. Shane will have loved it. He was always chanting ‘Om. Shanti’.”

O’Connor continued: “I put a few packs of fags in the coffin for him in case there’s none in heaven. He’ll have loved that too. Om. Shanti.”

Earlier this week, it was reported that Shane’s death will be referred to the National Review Panel (NRP) for investigation.

The NRP was established in 2010 to investigate serious incidents, including the deaths of children in care and/or known to the child protection system.

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