Longford fans of Dolores O'Riordan can sign online book of condolences

Danny Woods
January 17, 2018

Hard rock band Bad Wolves, who were set to record a cover of Cranberries hit Zombie with O'Riordan on Tuesday, said they were "heartbroken". As of writing, no further details have been released about her passing.

Metropolitan Police were called to Dolores' hotel room at London's Park Late hotel Monday morning where they pronounced her dead at the scene. A statement said: "Police in Westminster have dealt with a sudden death".

"For anyone who grew up in Ireland in the 1990s, the Cranberries were an iconic band, who captured all of the angst that came with your teenager years", he said in a statement.

O'Riordan was born on September 6, 1971 in Ballybricken, southwest Ireland.

Fans of the 90s rock band The Cranberries are mourning the loss of singer Dolores O'Riordan by streaming and downloading the band's music on services like Spotify, Apple, and Amazon.

O'Riordan was the band's primary lyricist and often wrote The Cranberries' music as well. "You know she gave us back our pride".

Heavy play on MTV for their debut single "Dream" and the singles that followed helped bring the group to the attention of a mass audience.

The band shot to global 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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Later changed to The Cranberries, the band's most successful tracks include Linger (1993), Zombie (1994) - a protest song about bombings that took place in relation to the conflict in Northern Ireland - as well as No Need To Argue (1994) and To the Faithful Departed (1996).

Speaking to NME, creator Lisa McGee hailed O'Riordan's "mesmerising" voice and explained how her talent had influenced a generation of Irish writers.

The Craberries was formed in Limerick, Ireland and became pop rock superstars in the 1990's with hits like "Zombie" and "Linger". They released seven albums between 1989 and 2017. But it was pulled after a few European dates as a result of O'Riordan's health issues.

The band was forced to cancel 14 concerts a year ago due to "medical reasons associated with a back problem" for O'Riordan.

She also revealed in an interview past year that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. "I remember as a young girl, hearing The Cranberries for the first time and wanting to be just like her". A friend said the singer sounded excited and "full of life" just hours before her death.

She told London's Metro newspaper previous year that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and she spoke to the Irish News about her battles with depression.

"I'm half a Canuck", she said in a 2009 interview with The Canadian Press.

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