Irish rock band The Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies at 46
Thursday, January 18, 2018
On Monday, 46-year-old Irish rock band , was found dead, her publicist Lindsey Holmes confirmed; reports suggested she was found in her room at the hotel. O'Riordan's agent said she was in London, England, for a recording session. According to the police, her death was considered "unexplained" and no cause of death disclosed, though it was to be investigated., lead singer of
Later one of the richest women of Ireland, O'Riordan joined the rock band, then known as "the Cranberry Saw Us", as a teenager around 1989, after Niall Quinn had left the band. Also featuringFergal Lawler, Mike Hogan and his brother , the lead , the band released their first album in 1993. The debut album featuring single was an international success. The band went on to release six more albums featuring O'Riordan's voice, including , which was released last year.
A year later, in 1994, the band released their second studio album, Northern Ireland. Zombie topped the singles charts in various countries. In the same year, O'Riordan married Don Burton, sometime manager of the band. Their third album, , was released in 1996. The album did not receive the acclamation of the first two., which featured the song , a song about bombings related to
In 2003, the band split, and it was reunited in 2009. During those six years, O'Riordan released two solo albums —in 2007 and in 2009. 2012's Roses was the first album The Cranberries released after reunification.
Last year, O'Riordan revealed through London's Metro newspaper she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She also spoke of suffering from depression to . In 2014, the singer was involved in assaulting a flight attendant and three police officials on a flight from New York, US to Ireland. She was fined €6000 (US$6600) after she pleaded guilty; medical reports said she suffered from mental illness during that incident. Last year, the band's tour to North America and Europe for was cancelled partway through as O'Riordan suffered from a back problem.
After announcement of O'Riordan's death, Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar tweeted, "For anyone who grew up in Ireland in the 1990s, Dolores O'Riordan was the voice of a generation. As the female lead singer of a hugely successful rock band, she blazed a trail and might just have been 's greatest ever rock star. RIP."
The official twitter handle of The Cranberries posted a tweet saying, "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."
Born on September 6, 1971 in, a town in southeastern Ireland, O'Riordan had six older siblings. She wrote songs since the age of twelve. James Walton, a priest from her home area, said, "The plan is for her to be buried here at home. When that will be will depend on when her body is released."
Dolores O'Riordan is survived by three children and ex-husband Don Burton.
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