Sinéad O’Connor had only been living in South London for a few weeks when the police came to her home in the city’s Brixton neighborhood that July morning. They were there for “reports of an unresponsive woman at a residential address in the SE24 area,” the Metropolitan Police told People. The next day, on July 27, the London Inner South Coroner’s Court announced on its website that “no medical cause of death was given” and the coroner would be conducting an autopsy.
The Irish Times reported on August 3 that the coroner had concluded the autopsy and returned O’Connor’s body to her family. At the time, a representative told the newspaper that it could be “some weeks” before the court would receive the report. O’Connor’s cause of death will only be publicly released if the court determines an inquest is necessary. Inquests are held when the cause of death can’t be determined or are “violent” or “unnatural,” according to the Coroners’ Court Support Service.