Conor McGregor has mourned the loss of Irish singer Sinead O’Connor who sadly passed away at the age of 56.
Hailing from Dublin, like the UFC superstar, O’Connor sang during McGregor’s walkout at UFC 189 in one of the sport’s most iconic pre-fight ceremonies.
In a statement today, O’Connor’s family said: “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.”
Her voice inspired McGregor to a second round knockout of Chad Mendes in 2015 and Notorious epically held up the Irish flag during his journey to the octagon.
In a heartfelt tribute, McGregor wrote: “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 last comment referenced O’Connor’s son Shane who tragically took his own life at the age of 17 last year.
McGregor had earlier re-posted a clip of O’Connor singing ‘The Foggy Dew’ during his UFC 189 walkout and he simply wrote ‘Gutted’.
A spine-tingling rendition of the song was capped by McGregor turning and pointing to his friend, looking incredibly pumped up before going on to claim victory over Mendes.