The 17-year-old son of Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has died a day after he went missing.

O’Connor paid tribute to her son Shane in a Twitter post on Saturday, writing that he had “decided to end his earthly struggle and is now with God”.

She wrote: “My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life… May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example.

“My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace.”

Police officers in Ireland said they recovered a body in the Bray area of Wicklow, south of Dublin, on Friday and their search for the missing teenager is now over.

O’Connor had earlier posted a series of tweets on Thursday after her son went missing.

She wrote: “Shane, your life is precious. God didn’t chisel that beautiful smile on your beautiful face for nothing. My world would collapse without you. You are my heart. Please don’t stop it from beating. Please don’t harm yourself. Go to the Gardai and let’s get you to hospital.”

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The singer posted earlier on Thursday: “This is a message for my son, Shane. Shane, it’s not funny any more all this going missing. You are scaring the crap out of me.

“Could you please do the right thing and present yourself at a Gardai station. If you are with Shane please call the Gardai for his safety.”

67 Management, who manage O’Connor, also confirmed Shane’s death and asked for people to show “respect and appreciation” for his family “at this most difficult time”.

O’Connor is one of Ireland’s best known singers whose 1990 single “Nothing Compares 2 U” was named the number one world single by the Billboard Music Awards in the same year.

She converted to Islam in 2018 and changed her name to Shuhada Sadaqat, but continues to perform under the name Sinead O’Connor.

Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK

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