Dolores O’Riordan, Cranberries’ lead singer, has suddenly passed away in London. The 46-year-old was in the city for the recording session of a new album.
Westminster’s police claimed that they were informed of the demise and called to a hotel on Park Lane.
The Metropolitan police stated, “A woman in her mid-40s was pronounced dead at the scene. At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained.”
Her ex-husband, Don Burton, and her three children, Taylor Baxter, Molly Leigh and Dakota Rain were ‘devastated to hear the breaking news’.
Dolores was born in 1971 in Ballybricken. She was the youngest of seven children. She joined the band after responding to an advertisement of a female singer requirement.
Ever since the singer joined the band, Cranberries, they have sold over 40 million records worldwide. The bands debut song, ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?’ was a hit.
After this, the Irish band came up with many hit songs, including To the Faithful Departed, No Need to Argue, and Bury the Hatchet. Among their most famous songs were Linger and Zombie.
Cranberries then split in 2003 and after a hiatus of six years, they reunited in 2009. They then released their album ‘Roses’, which was their first album in 11 years!
Last year, they came up with another album, ‘Something Else’.
The band had also planned on different tours but had to cancel them because of Dolores O’Riordan ill health.
As soon as the singer recovered, she came up on Facebook to share with her fans, “Hi All, Dolores here. Feeling good! I did my first bit of gigging in months at the weekend, performed a few songs at the Billboard annual staff holiday party in New York with the house band. Really enjoyed it! Happy Christmas to all our fans!! Xo”
Many of her friends and fans have shared their heartfelt comments now that the news of her death has come into light.
President Michael D Higgins said, “I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes. To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.”
Kinks guitarist Dave Davies tweeted, “I’m really shocked that #DoloresORiordan has passed so suddenly. I was talking to her a couple of weeks before Christmas. She seemed happy and well – we even spoke of maybe writing some songs together – unbelievable God bless her.”
Hozier tweeted, “My first time hearing Dolores O’Riordan‘s voice was unforgettable. It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I’d never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family.”
One fan wrote, “Its upsetting that so often you only get to witness the talent of someone because they are no longer here I had never heard Dolores O’Riordan‘s unique voice until today and that saddens me. However it also reminds me how powerful music can be – It can keep voices alive forever”
Surely, her unique voice will be missed! Rest in peace, Dolores O’Riordan.