Singer Sinead O’Connor found safe after brief disappearance in Illinois

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Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor, who achieved worldwide fame in 1990 with her version of the song “Nothing Compares 2 U”, has been found safe in Illinois after she was reported missing more than a day earlier. She was feared to be suicidal.

O’Connor, who is 49, disappeared at 6 a.m. CT on Sunday when she left the Chicago suburb of Wilmette for a bicycle ride and failed to return. Someone later called police to express concern for O’Connor’s well-being, after which she was reported missing.

The Wilmette Police Department confirmed on Monday that O’Connor had been located unharmed at about 1:45 p.m. CT, but specific details were not immediately disclosed. Sources told local TV station WGN that O’Connor had been found at a hotel and transported to a local hospital.

Earlier on Monday, entertainment news website TMZ reported that investigators feared that O’Connor was suicidal, but police have not commented on those reports. It was not immediately clear why O’Connor was in Wilmette or who had reported her missing.

O’Connor has a history of mental health issues and is known to have been going through family problems over the past year. She left a note in November in which she said she had taken an overdose of pills at a hotel in Ireland, blaming her family for “betrayals”, but she was later found safe and received medical attention.

O’Connor also previously spoke of a suicide attempt on her 33rd birthday in 1999.

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