Sinead O’Connor: Leake Street Tunnel tribute by London street artist Pegasus to late Irish singer

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The mural, outside Leake Street Tunnel in Waterloo, is a metre and a half in length and took just over an hour to complete.

A London-based street artist has paid tribute to the late Irish singer Sinead O’Connor following her death at 56.

Chris Turner, known as ‘Pegasus’, has created a graffiti mural, showing the singer posing with “Nothing Compares 2 U”, the words of her iconic recording, in red text over the top.

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The mural, which is located just outside Leake Street Tunnel in Waterloo, is a metre and a half in length and took just over an hour to complete.

O’Connor was found dead in her home in Herne Hill, south London, last week (July 26). Police say her death is “not being treated as suspicious”.

Her family announced the news of her death on Wednesday evening "with great sadness", saying "her family and friends are devastated.”

Tributes have poured in worldwide to celebrate and commemorate the singer’s life.

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London-based artist Pegasus Street has paid special tribute to Sinead O’Connor with a mural. Credit: PegasusLondon-based artist Pegasus Street has paid special tribute to Sinead O’Connor with a mural. Credit: Pegasus
London-based artist Pegasus Street has paid special tribute to Sinead O’Connor with a mural. Credit: Pegasus | Credit: Pegasus

Pegasus, who has previously created murals for David Bowie, Prince, George Michael and Amy Winehouse, described O’Connor as a “rebel warrior.”

“The world has lost another icon and extraordinary talent,” he said. “I will forever remember Sinead O’Connor as a rebel warrior. Often used as a tool against the mainstream, Sinéad used her voice/platform to speak her truth.

“She did not conform to what her management had planned for her, she chose to live her own path over fame and financial success. She was a punk artist in a pop world pitted as a public enemy of popular opinion.”

O’Connor was best known for her 1990 single Nothing Compares 2 U, written by Prince, which went on to hit number one around the world.

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She is remembered for her activism, particularly in speaking out against child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

In 1992, she controversially ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II during a performance on US TV show Saturday Night Live.

Last Thursday hundreds of people went to the London Irish Centre in Camden to celebrate her life.

Famous Irish faces including comedian Sharon Horgan and DJ Annie Mac were spotted at the event.

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Actress Lisa Dwan gave a reading of one of O’Connor’s letters and comedian Aisling Bea gave a rendition of Take Me To Church.

O’Connor’s death comes just a year after her son Shane passed away last year aged 17. His body was recovered in the Bray area of Wicklow, Ireland, after he was reported missing.

In her final tweet, O’Connor posted a photo of Shane and wrote: “Been living as undead night creature since. He was the love of my life, the lamp of my soul.”

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