Lead singer of the Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan dies at 46

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the multi-platinum band The Cranberries has died at the age of 46.

No cause of death has yet been announced.The news was confirmed by her publicist in a statement. The singer was in London for a recording session.

The statement described the death as sudden. It said, “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

The news was also confirmed by a Metropolitan Police Statement. It said that O’Riordan’s body was found at a Park Lane hotel. “At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained,”

As the news spread, tributes for the late singer started pouring in. Hozier, an Irish songwriter said that he was “shocked and saddened” at the news 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.”

The Irish rockers Kodaline were “absolutely shocked” by the news, and pop singer Maggie Rogers stated: “Dolores O’Riordan’s voice helped me understand my place in the world.” Jim Corr of Irish pop group the Corrs passed his “deepest sympathies” to O’Riordan’s family.

Don Burton, tour manager of Duran Duran was married to O’Riordan for more than 20 years before the couple got divorced in 2014 said they were “crushed” by the news. O’Riordan and Burton had three children together: Taylor Baxter, Molly Leigh and Dakota Rain.

Dolores O’ Riordan was born in Limerick in 1971. She was the lead singer of then then called Cranberry Saw us. She joined the band and performed with them until 2003 when they took a hiatus. She had an unmistakeable west Irish accent and fans loved her heartfelt vocals. She was quite a success on both sides of the Atlantic.

The band’s 2017 European tour was cancelled due to O’Riordan’s back problem.  In a statement after the cancellations the band said they were “very disappointed” and added: “The outpouring of support the Cranberries have received from fans and followers during the past several months is greatly appreciated.”

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