Piers Morgan has paid tribute to Sinéad O'Connor following her death at the age of 56.

The family of the Irish singer confirmed her passing on Wednesday night, and the police later revealed that she had been found "unresponsive" at her residence in London.

Sinéad's death has sparked an outpouring of grief from fans and renowned figures in the entertainment industry, including Russell Crowe and Sharon Horgan.

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On Twitter, Piers, who grew up in Sussex, posted a picture of him posing with the Nothing Compared 2 U singer in an ITV studio, adding: "RIP Sinead. 

"Wondrously gifted singer, and fiercely intelligent, highly amusing, complex, uncompromising, provocative woman with many demons.

"Knew her for 35 years and we had some ferocious spats but also some great Guinness-fuelled make-ups. 

"She was a unique character. Sad day."

The Argus:

Piers later paid another tribute to O'Connor on his "Uncensored" show, describing her as "courageous and a rebel at heart" 

The singer's family announced the news of her passing yesterday.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad," the family said.

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

No cause of death was immediately given for the 56-year-old, but in a statement of their own, the Met Police said she had been pronounced dead at the scene after officers were called on Wednesday.

The Met said: "Police were called at 11:18hrs on Wednesday, 26 July to reports of an unresponsive woman at a residential address in the SE24 area.

"Officers attended. A 56-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Next of kin have been notified. The death is not being treated as suspicious. A file will be prepared for the Coroner."