The charismatic lead singer died today
BREAKING! The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46
The news was confirmed by her publicist in a statement, but no cause of death has yet been announced. O’Riordan, who had to cancel a tour with a reunited Cranberries in 2017 because of a back problem, had been in London for a recording session. The statement described the death as sudden, and added: “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.” A Metropolitan police statement also confirmed the news, and that O’Riordan’s body was found at a Park Lane hotel. “At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained,” the statement read. A spokeswoman for the London Hilton on Park Lane said: “It is with deep regret that we can confirm a guest sadly passed away at the hotel on Monday 15 January. We offer our sincere condolences to their family at this difficult time.” Irish president Michael D Higgins said he learned of the news with “great sadness”, adding: “To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts, her death will be a big loss.” Musicians have started to pay tribute, including Irish songwriter Hozier, who said he was “shocked and saddened”, and that O’Riordan’s voice “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.”
Dolores O’Riordan was born on September 6th, 1971 in Limerick, Ireland.In 1990 she joined the Alternative Rock band The Cranberries. In 1993 the band enjoyed a positive initial wave of success with their debut album “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” that included the hit songs “Dreams” and “Linger”, in 1994 they released the song “Zombie” that reaches number 1 in several music charts around the world. Considered their signature song, it’s included on their second album “No Need To Argue” released in the same year, it’s their best seller. The Cranberries produced a string of 90’s Rock anthems, Dolores it’s one of the responsible for the band success, her unique voice, sometimes compared to fellow Irish singer Sinead’ O’Connor, timbre and personal charisma helped to attract the likes of Rock fans around the world quickly. In 2003 the members decided to pursue solo projects and careers, they reformed in 2009 and remain active while still keeping up with their solo careers.
Look back at 1994 The Cranberries video “Zombie”
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