Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of popular Irish rock band The Cranberries, died Monday in London, her publicist said. She was 46.
“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session,” her rep said in a statement to multiple media outlets, adding that no further details were available.
The cause of her death is unknown at the moment.
Family friend Canon Liam McNamara said: “My heart goes out to the family.
“Dolores was their pride and joy.
“We all loved her very, very much.”
“She got on well all the way through her life.
O’Riordan rose to fame as the gentle voice behind some of The Cranberries’ biggest hits, including “Zombie” and “Linger,” the latter of which, a lilting love song, served as the band’s breakthrough hit in 1993. The tune, with its distinctive string section, peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Last year, The Cranberries announced on social media that O’Riordan was having a tough recovery from an ongoing back problem, forcing the band to cancel most of its European tour. However, in December, the singer tweeted, “Feeling good! I did my first bit of gigging in months at the weekend, performed a few songs at the Billboard annual staff holiday party in New York with the house band. Really enjoyed it!”
She will be sorely missed!
Below you can hear part of her huge hist that will be remembered for a very long time!
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