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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

■ Sinead O’Con­nor made an emo­tional plea for help from her fam­ily and opened up about her men­tal ill­ness in a Face­book video posted from a New Jersey mo­tel where she had been liv­ing. The video is the lat­est public glimpse of the 50-year-old Ir­ish singer’s on­go­ing strug­gle with men­tal health prob­lems. In the 12-minute video posted Thurs­day, O’Con­nor says that she was stay­ing alive for the sake of oth­ers, like her psy­chi­a­trist, and if it were up to her, she’d “be gone.” “I’m fight­ing, fight­ing, fight­ing, fight­ing — like all the mil­lions and mil­lions that I know I’m one of — to stay alive ev­ery day,” she said in the video. O’Con­nor lamented what she de­scribed as a lack of sup­port from loved ones, say­ing that “strangers on Face­book” are kin­der to her than her own fam­ily. She asked her adult chil­dren and their fa­thers to make an ef­fort to bring her home to Ire­land. “It should not be ac­cept­able to any man who knows me and claims to love and care about me that I’m still sit­ting here af­ter two years and I’m beg­ging … to be brought home,” she said through tears. O’Con­nor said she was liv­ing in a New Jersey Trav­elodge and later posted the ad­dress of a Trav­elodge in South Hack­en­sack. South Hack­en­sack Po­lice Capt. Robert Kaiser said Tues­day that of­fi­cers con­ducted a wel­fare check but O’Con­nor wasn’t in her room at the time. He said she is no longer stay­ing there and po­lice don’t know where she is cur­rently liv­ing. A fol­low-up Face­book post on O’Con­nor’s page late Mon­day, said to be made on the singer’s be­half, said the singer is safe and not sui­ci­dal. “She is sur­rounded by love and re­ceiv­ing the best of care,” the post read.

■ The Dukes of Hazza rd star Tom Wopat says he’ll be tak­ing time to ad­dress his on­go­ing strug­gle with sub­stance abuse af­ter his ar­rest in Mas­sachusetts on in­de­cent as­sault and bat­tery charges. Last week, Wopat pleaded in­no­cent to grab­bing the but­tocks of a fe­male mem­ber of a lo­cal pro­duc­tion of 42nd Street he was sup­posed to star in. The 65-year-old Tony Award-nom­i­nated ac­tor, who played Luke Duke on the 1980s tele­vi­sion show The Dukes of Haz­zard, was sup­posed to play Ju­lian Marsh in 42nd Street at the Waltham-based Rea­gle Mu­sic Theatre of Greater Boston but has been since re­placed. Po­lice said they found what they sus­pect to be co­caine in the ac­tor’s pos­ses­sion. In a state­ment Tues­day, Wopat ex­pressed re­gret for the “un­for­tu­nate events” but de­nied any wrong­do­ing. In say­ing his on­go­ing strug­gle with sub­stances abuse “cer­tainly contributed,” the state­ment adds that Wopat “def­i­nitely un­der­stands that so­bri­ety is the sole course for a suc­cess­ful fu­ture and will take im­me­di­ate steps to achieve it.”



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