Dolores O'Riordan, Lead Singer of The Cranberries, Dies at 46

Rosalie Gross
January 16, 2018

She died suddenly while in London for a recording session, according to a statement from the band. No immediate cause of death was available.

On Twitter Monday, The Cranberries said that O'Riordan's family members are "devastated" by the news and have requested privacy.

Soon after the news was announced, fans and fellow musicians flocked to social media to honor the singer, who gave voice to alt-rock classics including "Linger", "Zombie" and "Dreams". They sold over 40 million records around the world, and O'Riordan also released the solo records Are You Listening? and No Baggage.

The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is confirmed to have passed away suddenly at the age of 46.

Dolores O'Riordan is survived by three children and was recently divorced from Don Burton, who used to manage Duran Duran as their tour manager.

The Cranberries shot to fame with their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? after the hit song Linger was picked up by MTV.

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London's Metropolitan Police force said officers were called just after 9 a.m. Monday to a hotel where a woman in her 40s was found dead.

Irish singer Hozier said he was "shocked and saddened". However, it was cut short due to O'Riordan suffering from back problems which affected her singing and ability to play guitar. They released seven albums during their career, and in 2009 they reunited after being apart for eight years.

The entire statement went as follows: "Irish and global singer DOLORES O'RIORDAN has died suddenly in LONDON today".

In February 2016, O'Riordan said she would use "music, dancing and performing to improve her mental health" after avoiding a criminal conviction for assault at an airport.

She was arrested in 2014 as she had attacked a female air hostess by injuring her in her leg during a flight from NY to Ireland and to a police officer after the aircraft landed.

O 'Riordan had spoken openly about her battle with depression. Backing vocals were provided by Mike Mahoney, her boyfriend at the time, and would go onto feature in numerous pop culture moments including the high school TV series My So-Called Life and the film You've Got Mail.

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