Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46
O'Riordan joined The Cranberries, made up of brothers Noel Hogan and Mike Hogan after reading an advertisement in a local paper in 1989
Irish singer Dolores O'Riordan, frontwoman of the multi-million selling rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly in London on Monday, aged 46, her publicist said.
"Irish and international singer Dolores O'Riordan has died suddenly in London today, family members are devastated," Lindsey Holmes said in a statement.
"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."
The cause of death has not been revealed.
The statement added: "Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."
Family and friends have requested privacy at this time
They went on to sell over 40 million records around the world, O'Riordan later releasing the solo records Are You Listening? in 2007 and No Baggage in 2009.
O’Riordan was born in Limerick in 1971. She joined The Cranberries, made up of brothers Noel Hogan and Mike Hogan after reading an advertisement in a local paper in 1989. At that time the band was called The Cranberry Saw Us.
O’Riordan performed with them until 2008 when they took a hiatus. In that time they became hugely successful on both sides of the Atlantic.
Their hits include the lilting number Linger, which reached the Top 10 in the US and Ireland, and No 14 in the UK.
They built on its success, and that of their album Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, with their next album, 1994’s No Need to Argue, a report in The Guardian said.
The lead single Zombie showed a new side to the band and to O’Riordan’s voice – a heavy, tortured, anthemic song filled with the violence of the Troubles, it was written in the wake of a 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington that killed three-year-old Jonathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry, the publication said.
'No Need to Argue' sold 17 million copies, including 7 million in the US, and cemented them as one of the biggest alternative acts of the 1990s. The Cranberries released three more albums before taking a break in 2008, allowing O’Riordan to record two solo albums. The band reformed in 2009, initially just to perform live, but new material was eventually released on two subsequent albums, including 2017’s Something Else, the Guardian said.
O’Riordan had previously opened up about her battle with depression, revealing she struggled after her beloved dad Terence died in 2011 after a long battle with cancer.
“There have been times when I’ve struggled. The death of my father and mother-in-law was very hard. Looking back, I think depression, whatever the cause, is one of the worst things to go through," she told the Irish News.
"Then again, I’ve also had a lot of joy in my life, especially with my children. You get ups as well as downs. Sure isn’t that what life’s all about?”
In a May 2017 interview with Metro News, O'Riordan had opened about her battle with bipolar disorder and paranoia.
"I have bipolar disorder so I’ve experienced extremes throughout my life. But I was only diagnosed two years ago," she had said in the interview.
"There are two ends of the spectrum — you can get extremely depressed and dark and lose interest in the things you love to do, then you can get super manic. I was at the hypomanic side of the spectrum on and off for a long period but generally you can only last at that end for around three months before you hit rock bottom and go down into depression. When you’re manic you don’t sleep and get very paranoid. So I’m dealing with it with medication," she said.
The star shared her final tweet on January 3, uploading a shot of herself and her cat with the caption, "Bye bye Gio. We're off to Ireland."
bye bye Gio. We're off to Ireland 🍀 pic.twitter.com/d6HKOFJqGB— Dolores O'Riordan (@DolORiordan) January 4, 2018
Irish rock band Kodaline were among the first to pay tribute on social media.
Absolutely shocked to hear about the passing of Dolores O'Riordan! @The_Cranberries gave us our first big support when we toured with them around France years ago! Thoughts are with her family and friends— Kodaline (@Kodaline) January 15, 2018
Other musicians have also paid tribute. Pop singer Maggie Rogers said “Dolores O’Riordan’s voice helped me understand my place in the world”.
Dolores O’Riordan’s voice helped me understand my place in the world. Blasting linger a little louder today pic.twitter.com/JvoqRT5imP— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) January 15, 2018
Duran Duran's official Twitter feed posted a message saying the band was "crushed" to hear of the singer's death.
Others to pay tribute include The Late, Late Show presenter, James Corden, who said meeting her when he was 15 years old "made his day".
I once met Delores O’Riordan when I was 15. She was kind and lovely, I got her autograph on my train ticket and it made my day. She had the most amazing voice and presence. So sorry to hear that she’s passed away today x— James Corden (@JKCorden) January 15, 2018
Irish pop star Hozier said O'Riordan's voice was "unforgettable".
My first time hearing Dolores O'Riordan's voice was unforgettable. It 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. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family.— Hozier (@Hozier) January 15, 2018
Jim Corr from Irish band The Corrs tweeted offering his "deepest sympathies" to O'Riordan's family.
My deepest sympathies to the family of Dolores O’Riordan who tragically passed away today. RIP— Jim Corr (@Jimcorrsays) January 15, 2018
With inputs from AFP
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