The sudden death of the Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has shocked the music world. The 46-year old Irish singer, according to her publicist died rather suddenly. Dolores O’Riordan cause of death is unknown till now.
Dolores O’Riordan was reportedly working till the last day of her life and had been recording merely hours before her death. A statement announcing her death said: “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.”
There is no denying that she had been behind the rise and further rise of her band, her singles formed the foundation of The Cranberries’ sudden rise and international fame.
Beginning with her first solo album in the year 2007, the mercurial rise of the singer was seen with complete awe by her fans and other music aficionados. ‘Are You Listening?’ was her first album that was launched by her in the year 2007. This solo album was followed up by No Baggage in 2009. She appeared as a judge on RTÉ’s The Voice of Ireland during the 2013–14 season. In April 2014, O’Riordan joined and began recording new material with the trio D.A.R.K.
Deeply saddened and shocked to hear the news of Dolores O’ Riordan’s death. A true artist and iconic songwriter. RIP pic.twitter.com/GkFAP6d362
— IMRO (@IMROireland) January 15, 2018
Stephen Street, while paying tribute to O’Riordan said in Rolling Stone “I first met Dolores when she was barely out of her teenage years at a show the Cranberries were playing at the Marquee club in London. Island Records had asked me to go along to see if I would be interested in working with them on recording their debut album….The fruit of our labours was the album Everybody Else Is Doing it Why Can’t We? and the subsequent singles including “Dreams” and “Linger.” Whilst making the record I could see Dolores and the boys in the band grow in confidence but nothing could prepare me for the difference I saw in her character 9 months after the release when the band had been gigging nonstop on the road in America and Europe.
Reports suggest that the police were called to a hotel in Park Lane at 09:05 GMT on Monday, where “a woman in her mid-40s” was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a message issued to the media, her band mates said, “We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today”.
The Cranberries’ lead singer married Don Burton, the former tour manager of Duran Duran in the year 1994. The couple had three children. In 1998, the couple bought a 61-hectare (150-acre) stud farm, called Riversfield Stud, located in Kilmallock, County Limerick, selling it six years later in 2004. They then moved to Howth, County Dublin, and spent summers in a log cabin located in Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada. In 2009, the family moved full-time to their home in Buckhorn. In August 2013, she returned to live in Ireland. She and Burton split up in 2014 after 20 years together, and subsequently divorced.