Sinead O'Connor missing: Pop singer found in US

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The singer had been missing for over 24 hours, according to police

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has been found after being missing for more than a day, say police near Chicago.

Wilmette Police told the BBC she had been located, after earlier saying they were "seeking to check the well-being" of the 49-year-old.

Police were alerted after she went on a bike ride at 06:00 local time (11:00 GMT) on Sunday, and did not return.

O'Connor became a global star in 1990 with the worldwide hit Nothing Compares 2 U, a song written by Prince.

Local media report that she had been staying with friends in the Chicago suburb for the past several weeks.

She has recorded 10 solo albums but has also made headlines with controversial outbursts throughout her career.

In 1992, she ripped apart a photo of Pope John Paul II during a live television broadcast and has been a strong critic of the Catholic Church over its handling of the child abuse scandal.

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Ms O'Connor tore apart a photo of Pope John Paul II during a live TV broadcast

She said in 2012 that she had suffered a "very serious breakdown" when she cancelled a world tour.

And last week she was in the news again after alleging US comedian Arsenio Hall had supplied drugs to Prince, who died last month.

He strenuously denied the allegation and said he was suing the Dublin-born, mother-of four.

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An eventful life

  • Spent time in a Magdalene Laundry in Dublin aged 14 when labelled a "problem child", she said
  • Sang Mandinka on Late Night with David Letterman in 1988, a year after debut album released
  • Nothing Compares 2 U was number one in Ireland for 11 weeks
  • Wrote her own Irish national anthem
  • Has been outspoken about singer Miley Cyrus, music mogul Simon Cowell and actress Kim Kardashian
  • Performed a tribute to David Bowie at a benefit concert in Chicago in March