Sinead O'Connor Found in Chicago 'Burbs: Cops

But her condition isn't revealed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 16, 2016 4:20 PM CDT
In this Oct. 5, 2014 file photo, Irish singer Sinead O'Connor performs during the Italian State RAI TV program "Che Tempo che Fa", in Milan, Italy.   (Antonio Calanni)
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(Newser) – Police in suburban Chicago say Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor was found safe Monday after officers received a report that she never returned from a Sunday bike ride in the area. Wilmette police spokesman Eric Peterson says O'Connor had been located, "is safe and no longer considered a missing or endangered person," though he wouldn't say where she was found or release details about her condition. Local police issued a well-being check for O'Connor earlier Monday, saying someone called to report that she hadn't been seen since leaving for a bicycle ride early Sunday morning. It's unclear why O'Connor was in Wilmette, an upper-class suburb about 15 miles north of Chicago along Lake Michigan.

Police say no other information was immediately available about O'Connor, who scored an international hit in 1990 with her rendition of Prince's ballad "Nothing Compares 2 U." The gifted but troubled singer-songwriter is known as much for her fierce and expressive voice as her shaved head and blunt criticism of the Catholic Church and other institutions. She was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder more than a decade ago, and has spoken of her mental health problems. She told Oprah Winfrey in 2007 that before her diagnosis she had struggled with thoughts of suicide and overwhelming fear. More recently, O'Connor was sued this month by comedian Arsenio Hall over a Facebook post that stated investigators looking into the supplier of drugs used by Prince should question Hall. She also accused him of drugging her. The lawsuit seeks $5 million. (Read more missing person stories.)

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