Russell Crowe Pens Tribute to 'Amazing Woman' Sinéad O’Connor Following Her Death

Russell Crowe paid tribute to Sinéad O'Connor with a detailed account of his unforgettable experience meeting the Irish singer.

In a series of tweets, the Gladiator star shared the unexpected way he crossed paths with O'Connor in 2022 while filming horror flick The Pope's Exorcist.

"Last year, working in Ireland, having a pint in the cold outside a Dalkey pub with some new friends, a woman with purpose strode past us. Puffy parker zipped to the nape and her bowed head covered in a scarf. One of my new friends muttered an exclamation, jumped up and pursued the woman," the actor recalled.

He continued, "Thirty metres down the road the friend and the woman embraced and he waived me over. There, under streetlights with mist on my breath, I met Sinéad. She looked in my eyes, and uttered with disarming softness 'oh, it’s you Russell.'"

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The A Beautiful Mind star wrote that after being introduced, O'Connor joined the friends at the table, sitting outside in the cold while drinking a hot tea.

"In a conversation without fences we roamed through the recent Dublin heatwave, local politics, American politics, the ongoing fight for indigenous recognition in many places, but particularly in Australia, her warm memory of New Zealand, faith, music, movies, and her brother the writer. I had the opportunity to tell her she was a hero of mine," he noted.

He was left in awe of their interaction. "When her second cup was taking on the night air, she rose, embraced us all and strode away into the fog-dimmed streetlights. We sat there the four of us and variously expressed the same thing. What an amazing woman," he shared.

Crowe ended his touching story writing, "Peace be with your courageous heart Sinéad."

O'Connor passed away on July 26 at 56 years old, as confirmed by her family in a statement to The Irish Times. Two weeks before her death, the singer announced a new album was on the way and shared her touring plans for 2024.

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