Morrissey has ripped into musicians, celebrities and music industry figures paying tribute to Sinead O’Connor after her death at the age of 56.
The Irish singer’s death was announced in a statement shared by her family, who said they were ‘devastated’ by her passing.
Morrissey, 64, published a note on his website criticising the response to Sinead’s death, asking where the support was for her while she was still alive.
Sharing a post called ‘You Know I Couldn’t Last’, the musician wrote: ‘She was dropped by her label after selling seven million albums for them.
‘She became crazed, yes, but uninteresting, never. She had done nothing wrong.
‘She had proud vulnerability … and there is a certain music industry hatred for singers who don’t “fit in” (this I know only too well), and they are never praised until death – when, finally, they can’t answer back.
‘You praise her now ONLY because it is too late. You hadn’t the guts to support her when she was alive and she was looking for you.’
Morrissey then likened Sinead’s death to those of other female stars including Amy Winehouse and Judy Garland.
He wrote: ‘Why is ANYBODY surprised that Sinead O’Connor is dead?
‘Who cared enough to save Judy Garland, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe, Billie Holiday? Where do you go when death can be the best outcome? Was this music madness worth Sinead’s life?
‘No, it wasn’t.
‘She was a challenge, and she couldn’t be boxed-up, and she had the courage to speak when everyone else stayed safely silent.
‘She was harassed simply for being herself. Her eyes finally closed in search of a soul she could call her own.’
Following news of her passing, a host of famous names took to social media to share their shock at her death, including actress Jamie Lee Curtis, singer Boy George and comedian Sharon Horgan.
Actress Toni Colette also posted a moving tribute to the singer, as did comedian Dara O’Briain and MMA fighter Conor McGregor.
Sinead revealed she was living like an ‘undead night creature’ since her son’s suicide last year in a poignant and desperate final Twitter post shortly before her death.
The star had struggled with mental health issues since her son Shane, 17, took his own life in January 2022 after escaping hospital while on suicide watch.
She said: ‘He was the love of my life, the lamp of my soul. We were one soul in two halves. He was the only person who ever loved me unconditionally’.
Sinéad also posted a series of Spotify links to sad songs, including one she dedicated to ‘all mothers of suicided children’. She also posted links to How Can You Mend A Broken Heart by Al Green, as well as Curtis Mayfield’s Here But I’m Gone and No One Knows About A Good Thing.
Replying to a tweet asking people to describe their life using emojis, Sinead posted a slew of crying emojis alongside a photo of her and Shane.
The musician added: ‘Been living as undead night creature since [his death]. I am lost in the bardo without him.’ Bardo is a Buddhist term for a state of existence between death and rebirth, similar to purgatory.