Sinead O’Connor was finishing off a new album and had been discussing a possible film version of her book when she died, her management company has revealed.
Representatives at 67 Management, which paid tribute to the singer following her death, also said she had been reviewing tour dates for next year.
The 56-year-old was found “unresponsive” at her home in south London on Wednesday. A post-mortem will take place in an attempt to establish the cause of death, London Inner South Coroner’s Court said on Thursday.
The management firm said in a statement: “As tribute to those who were part of Sinead’s team over our tenure it has to be mentioned that Sinead was completing her new album, reviewing new tour dates for 2024 and considering opportunities in relation to a movie of her book.
“Wonderful plans were afoot at this time. Testament and tribute to those who have put their hearts first for Sinead, to whom we are forever grateful.”
The message, signed by the firm’s Kenneth and Carl Papenfus, ended: “It has been an honour to have worked with Sinead professionally, as musicians, producers and her artist managers over the last nine years, but much, much more than that Sinead was family. May she rest in peace.”
The singer also mentioned new music and touring in an account seemingly owned by her on Twitter, now known as X, in the days before her death.
The film project is thought to relate to the memoir she released in 2021 titled Rememberings, which was described as a “unique and remarkable chronicle by a unique and remarkable artist”.
‘A great representative of Islam’
Hundreds of people gathered at the London Irish Centre, in north London, on Thursday night to celebrate her life, while in Dublin people gathered outside the Wall of Fame to pay their respects and several books of condolences have been opened.
Meanwhile, Islamic scholar and chief Imam at the Islamic Centre of Ireland, Shaykh Dr Umar al Qadri, paid tribute to the singer as he highlighted her devotion to the religion.
She converted to Islam in 2018 – changing her name to Shuhada’ Davitt, later Shuhada Sadaqat, and tweeted in 2018: “I am proud to have become a Muslim.”
Dr al Qadri met and spoke with O’Connor several times over the years after she contacted him in 2018 to discuss her conversion – although he did not realise at first that she was a famous singer.
He said: “She was very down to earth, very humble. You can kind of say she was a blessed soul.
“She also was a great representative of Islam, and of humanity.”
He added: “She had many questions and obviously did her research about Islam, so she knew about the faith.
“She spent the last years of her life as a Muslim woman and phenomenal artist. A hijab-wearing woman who represents the very diverse and inclusive world that we are in today.”