Sinead O'Connor Threatens To Jump Off Bridge

| by David Bonner
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Sinead O’Connor, the 49-year-old Irish singer, has allegedly threatened to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge.

Chicago police were contacted by Irish police, who were alerted by O’Connor’s family that she had threatened to jump off a bridge on June 23, reports the Daily Mail, citing TMZ.

The following message was reportedly picked up on a Chicago Police Department scanner: "The word from the Ireland police sergeant Claire Mulligan, Dublin, Ireland, is saying that at 1530 hours Sinead O'Connor called and said, 'I'm on a bridge in Chicago and I'm going to jump.''

Police said they were not actively searching for the singer.

O’Connor has publicly mentioned her mental health problems in the past, saying that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder over 10 years ago.

In May, she went missing for 24 hours. A search for her was initiated in Chicago, after a doctor called officials expressing concern for her well-being.

After being found safe, she posted a scathing message to her first husband John Reynolds on Facebook, threatening to kill herself and accusing her family of leaving her to die.

The message, which is replete with expletives, refers to her first son Jake as “evil” and accuses both her father and Reynolds of trying to pressure her into having an abortion when she was pregnant with Jake.

She threatened to sue her family, adding, “Every one of you had better pray I die.”

O'Connor had her biggest hit in 1990, with her powerful version of Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U."

Two years later, she created a stir -- especially among Catholics -- when she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II during a performance on Saturday Night Live. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 11 on its list of 25 Boldest Career Moves in Rock History.

Sources: Daily Mail, Rolling Stone / Photo Credit: Leah Pritchard/Wikimedia Commons

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