Beverley O'Sullivan (died 2
November 2009) was an Irish singer and
actress from Dublin, Ireland. She was killed in a traffic collision in India in
was born in the Donaghmede district of Dublin.
As a child she had
and began to wear a hearing aid
. With her fellow members of Fifth
Avenue she toured with Westlife
consecutive years before they split. She did not inform her fellow
members of Fifth Avenue that she had hearing difficulties when she
auditioned to be in the group. They found out when she developed a
sore ear during a Westlife performance. She lost a further ten
per cent of her hearing whilst flying to Spain to appear in
the music video of the group's first single "Spanish Eyes",
released in 2004, despite being warned beforehand that her hearing
was at risk if she flew.
O'Sullivan spoke of her deafness in
an article in the British newspaper, The Guardian
, shortly before her demise.
The newspaper compared her with other deaf musicians, such as
, Ozzy Osbourne
and Pete Townshend
noted that their deafness developed due
to their careers.
She continued performing for fans at weddings and in other areas
throughout her career even when Fifth Avenue split. Her vocals
appeared on the track "Don't Look Back" on John O'Callaghan
's album Never
O'Sullivan's death occurred in Bharatpur,
India on 2 November 2009.
She was a passenger in
the car. Her boyfriend, 32-year-old Stephen Reeves, was also in the
car at the time. He was injured and hospitalised in RBM Bharatpur
General Hospital. The couple had been holidaying in India for a few
days and had hired the car. Westlife singers Mark Feehily
paid tributes: "I am so sad to hear the news of
Beverley O'Sullivan's death. I sung alongside her at my
cousin's wedding this summer. She was gorgeous and
, said Feehily. "My thoughts and prayers are with
her family and friends. I am in shock"
O'Sullivan played a cabaret singer in Happy Ever Afters
, a film which is
scheduled to be released on 25 December 2009. Her voice appears on
six songs on the film's soundtrack.