January 16, 2017 – Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of rock group The Cranberries, has died in London at the age of 46.
The band confirmed O’Riordan’s death in a statement, saying that, “Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
A spokesperson for London police said that a woman in her 40s was pronounced dead early on Monday at a hotel on Park Lane in central London.
The Cranberries’ rose to prominence in the early 1990s with hits such as ‘Linger’ and ‘Zombie.’ Formed in Limerick City in 1990 the band – which consisted of O’Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler – went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide.
While The Cranberries split in 2003 they reformed in 2009 to tour the US and Europe and in 2012 they toured Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
O’Riordan was forced to cancel European and US shows in 2016 due to a back injury – which also had an effect on her other project D.A.R.K – but in December last year it was reported that she would be performing again and had been rehearsing in the Limerick venue Dolan’s Warehouse last month as well as also had been planning a home town concert.
Limerick Mayor Seán Lynch released a statement, saying he was in shock at Riordan’s death” ““She lived in Patrickswell as a young girl. I wanted to give her a mayoral reception before I ended my tenure. I’m sitting in my car and I just can’t believe it . . . She put Limerick on the world stage. Poor Dolores.”
O’Riordan also revealed last year that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was “dealing with it with medication.”
Irish President Michael D Higgins described O’Riordan’s death as a big loss to Irish music, saying her influence was “immense”.
O’Riordan had recently recorded the theme song to the animated film Angela’s Christmas, set in Limerick and based on the only children’s book written by Irish author Frank McCourt who won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Angela’s Ashes.