Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of iconic 90’s rock band The Cranberries, has died. She was 46.
O’Riordan was in London England for a recording session when her body was found in her Hilton London hotel room. Police arrived at 9:05 to examine the scene, but so far have not released a cause of death.
A spokesperson with the Metropolitan London Police said the death is being treated as “unexplained.”
A representative for O’Riordan gave a brief statement which released few details. “Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today,” read the 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. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
The world last heard from O’Riordan on January 4th as she returned to her native Ireland. She tweeted a picture of herself holding a cat captioned: “bye bye Gio. We’re off to Ireland.”
bye bye Gio. We're off to Ireland 🍀 pic.twitter.com/d6HKOFJqGB
— Dolores O'Riordan (@DolORiordan) January 4, 2018
Condolences have come flooding in on social media as people from around the world express their sympathies at O’Riordan’s passing, including from several prominent celebrities.
Totally shocked at the news about Dolores O Riordan an incredible talent and a lovely soul. My prayers are with her family and loved ones.
— Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) January 15, 2018
Can't believe Dolores O'Riordan has died. I'm in shock. Iconic vocalist and a lovely woman too. Had the honour of signing with her for pope john paul in the Vatican many years ago.
— Brian Mcfadden (@BrianMcFadden) January 15, 2018
More condolences are sure to follow in the coming days.
People are now speculating as to what could have caused O’Riordan’s death at such a young age. While the usual suspect in rock music is drugs, others are saying it was more likely an undisclosed health condition. “I believe it’s her health,” wrote one Twitter user. “They had to cancel a tour last year as a result of her health. Just terrible. She was a brilliant songwriter and incredible vocalist.”
O’Riordan rose to global prominence in the 1990s as the lead singer for Irish rock band The Cranberries. The band sold 40 million records as it toured the world, with four albums on Billboard’s top 200 chart.
In 2003 the band took a six-year hiatus but reunited in 2009 to perform a North America, Latin America, and European tour. Their sixth album, Roses, was released in February 2012, with a cover album by the Irish Chamber Orchestra released in April of 2017.
O’Riordan is survived by her three children.
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