Authorities are reportedly searching for Irish singer Sinead O’Connor, who is thought to be suicidal. USA Today reports that police were searching for O’Connor today in a Chicago suburb.
“A check-for-well-being alert, sent out by police Sgt. Michael Robinson in the village of Wilmette, Ill., on Monday, says O’Connor went for a bike ride in the area on Sunday morning and has yet to return,” the story reports.
Police reportedly responded to a call from an unknown caller who expressed concern about O’Connor. Authorities were not providing additional details, but the singer has had mental health issues in the past.
The New York Daily News is reporting that O’Connor is thought to be suicidal. The report notes that O’Connor received medical attention in November amid a battle with her ex, Irish musician Donal Lunny, over custody of their 11-year-old son Shane.
At the time, O’Connor posted a troubling message online, writing: “There is only so much any woman can be expected to bear. What was done to me this week was appalling cruelty. The last two nights finished me off. I have taken an overdose. There is no other way to get respect. I am not at home, I’m at a hotel, somewhere in Ireland, under another name.”
O’Connor was found hours after her November post and spent the next few weeks in the hospital, the Daily News notes.
“O’Connor previously attempted suicide on her 33rd birthday in 1999 and shared with Oprah Winfrey in 2007 that was diagnosed with bipolar disorder,” the report adds.
O’Connor was recently sued for $5 million by Arsenio Hall, as we reported earlier this month. Hall is accusing O’Connor of libel over comments O’Connor made on Facebook implicating Hall in drug use by Prince.