Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly aged 46


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The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly at the age of 46, her publicist has confirmed.

The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie.

A statement from her publicist said: “The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session.

“No further details are available at this time.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the police were called to a hotel in Park Lane at 09:05 GMT on Monday, where “a woman in her mid-40s” was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is, at this stage, unexplained.

Her publicist added: “Family members are devastated to hear the news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

The Cranberries shot to international fame with their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? and went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide.

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Dolores O’Riordan performing on stage in 1994

In 2017 The Cranberries announced a tour including dates in Europe, the UK, and the US.

However, in May – shortly into the European tour – the group had to cancel the remainder of the European dates as a result of O’Riordan’s health issues.

The official Cranberries website cited “medical reasons associated with a back problem” preventing singer Dolores O’Riordan’s from performing.

But just before Christmas O’Riordan had posted on Facebook saying she was “feeling good” and had done her “first bit of gigging in months”, leading fans to believe she would soon be performing again.

O’Riordan tweeted a picture of herself with her cat to fans in early January saying she was “off to Ireland”.

O’Riordan split from her husband of 20 years, Don Burton in 2014. She and Burton, who is the former tour manager of Duran Duran, have three children together.

The singer suffered from bi-polar disorder and was spared a criminal conviction after an air rage incident in 2014.

Irish president Michael D Higgins called her death “a big loss”, and added O’Riordan’s work with The Cranberries “had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally”.

‘Unforgettable voice’

The Kinks guitarist and singer Dave Davies paid tribute to O’Riordan, saying he was “shocked” and that he had seen her “a couple weeks before Christmas”.

He added “she seemed happy and well”.

Irish rock band Kodaline were among the first to pay tribute on social media.

Duran Duran’s official Twitter feed posted a message saying the band was “crushed” to hear of the singer’s death.

Others to pay tribute include The Late, Late Show presenter, James Corden, who said meeting her when he was 15 years old “made his day”.

Jim Corr from Irish band The Corrs tweeted offering his “deepest sympathies” to O’Riordan’s family.

A book of condolence will be opened in her home town of Limerick on Tuesday, at the city council’s headquarters.


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