Dolores O'Riordan, Cranberries' lead singer, dies aged 46

Danny Woods
January 18, 2018

The death of Dolores O'Riordan, the 46-year-old iconic lead singer of the rock band The Cranberries, was on Tuesday ruled not suspicious by the British police. O'Riordan "died suddenly" in London where she had been for a short recording session, according to a statement released by the band.

The band's singer Tommy Vext said: "We always felt the rawness and honesty she projected on stage and in her recordings was something to which all bands should aspire to, regardless of genre".

The surviving members of The Cranberries said they are "devastated" at the sudden death of their friend and singer.

"She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week", he stated. "Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family".

O'Riordan, 46, was found dead yesterday at a London hotel.

Pope John Paul II greets Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish pop group The Cranberries, in 2001 at the Vatican.

Dolores had been in London to record a cover of The Cranberries' hit single Zombie with rock band Bad Wolves.

One of the spokespeople of the London Hilton on Park Lane stated: "It is with deep regret that we can confirm a guest sadly passed away at the hotel on Monday 15 January".

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Dolores O'Riordan helped the band rocket to fame in the 1990s with hits like Zombie, Linger and Dreams.

Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins said O'Riordan and The Cranberries "had an huge influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally".

Dolores' family, including her mum Eileen, have been waiting for more information about the singer's death, but no details can be given until after the post mortem.

"This guy asked me to dance and I thought he was lovely..." "She never lost sight of who she was and where she was from".

Kovac said: "From the very first time I met Dolores, I knew she was a great talent".

For a time, O'Riordan was one of Ireland's richest women, but she struggled with both physical and mental health problems.

Aedin Ní Bhriain, principal of Dolores's old school Laurel Hill Coláiste, paid tribute to a much-loved former pupil: "She was heavily involved in music throughout her years in the school and even when she chose to marry she invited the school choir to sing at the wedding".

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