UFC legend Conor McGregor pays tribute to ‘friend’ Sinead O’Connor after shock death aged 56

UFC legend Conor McGregor has paid tribute to Sinead O’Connor.

That’s after the shock death of his “friend” at the age of 56.

O’Connor passed away 18 months after the heartbreaking loss of 17-year-old son Shane.

She found worldwide fame with epic ballad Nothing Compares 2 U in 1990.

But O’Connor also found herself in the world of UFC, singing McGregor’s entrance theme before his 2015 win over Chad Mendes.

The MMA icon posted an emotional tribute to O’Connor, including a picture of the pair together with his belt on display.

McGregor said: “The world has lost an artist with the voice of an Angel.

“Ireland has lost an iconic voice and one of our absolute finest, by a long shot. And I have lost a friend.

“Sinead’s music will live on and continue to inspire! Rest in Peace Sinead, you are home with your son I am sure.”

McGregor’s tribute came after O’Connor’s family released a statement confirming her passing.

It read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinead.

“Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

TalkTV star Piers Morgan also paid tribute, saying: “We start the show with some very sad breaking news. Irish music legend Sinead O’Connor has died at the age of just 56.

“She was a troubled and beautiful soul. Fearless, uncompromising, shocking, courageous. She was a rebel at heart.

“She took on the Catholic Church. She used a primetime performance on US TV to stage a protest, even as everybody told her it could ruin her career.

“Above all else, she enchanted millions with a song that’s known across the world and across the generations. Few people can truly say their voice defined an era.

“But Sinead’s did. Put simply, nothing compared to Sinead O’Connor.”

UFC legend Conor McGregor pays tribute to ‘friend’ Sinead O’Connor after shock death aged 56 | The Sun

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