Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46

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."

Singer Dolores O'Riordan in 2007 (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

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

The band has sold 40 million records around the world (Getty Images)

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.

 Dolores O'Riordan on May 29, 2004 in Milan, Italy (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/Getty Images)

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.

Dolores O'Riordan and Zucchero perform on stage during the first concert of the Festivalbar on May 29, 2004 in Milan (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/Getty Images)

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.

Dolores O'Riordan on September 16, 2002 in Madrid (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

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?”

 Dolores O'Riordan, on September 12, 2002 in Madrid (Getty Images)

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."

Irish rock band Kodaline were among the first to pay tribute on social media.

Other musicians have also paid tribute. Pop singer Maggie Rogers said “Dolores O’Riordan’s voice helped me understand my place in the world”. 

 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". 

Irish pop star Hozier said O'Riordan's voice was "unforgettable". 

Jim Corr from Irish band The Corrs tweeted offering his "deepest sympathies" to O'Riordan's family.

With inputs from AFP

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