Dolores O’Riordan, beloved singer of ’90s rock band the Cranberries, died unexpectedly in London. The frontwoman was 46 years old.

The Cranberries

O’Riordan was born in Ireland as the youngest of seven. She auditioned to become the singer of a Smiths-inspired band, then known as The Cranberry Saw Us, originally formed by brothers Noel and Mike Hogan. Her first version of “Linger” got her the spot and the band recorded a three-track EP titled “Nothing Left At All”. They completed another demo tape which garnered the attention of the UK music scene; major British record labels fought over the group until they settled with Island Records. The Cranberries released five studio albums prior to a four-year hiatus between 2004-2008. They reformed in 2009 and released “Roses”, then what turned out to be their final album “Something Else” in April last year.

O’Riordan’s Sudden Death

The Cranberries confirmed the lead singer’s death in a brief statement. According to the band, O’Riordan was in London for a short recording session. She was found dead on Monday, 9:05 AM London time, in her hotel room at the Hilton London. No further details were made available and the Metropolitan Police are treating the death as “unexplained”. A cause of death is still to be determined, but it’s noted that the Cranberries were forced to cancel tour dates last year due to O’Riordan’s back problem. Prior to her passing, she also revealed that she’d been battling with depression and mental health problems for a majority of her career.

Messages of love and sadness circulated the internet from dear friends and fans of the Irish songbird. Remaining Cranberries members Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan, and Fergal Lawler released a separate statement on the band’s Twitter.

“Late Late Show” James Corden shared his meeting with O’Riordan when he was 15 and how she was so kind to him.

Meanwhile, indie band Foster the People shared their praise to singer, calling her a “true pioneer”.

“Oh my life is changing everyday in every possible way. And oh my dreams—it’s never quite as it seems.” Rest in peace, Dolores O’Riordan. You were taken from this world too soon.

Featured image from Cranberries World

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