Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dies At 46


Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, has died in a London hotel at the age of 46.

Her publicist shared the sad news on Monday, explaining that the Irish singer was in London for a recording session.

"No further details are available at this time," the statement read. "Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

According to reports, police were called to the Park Lane Hotel, where O'Riordan was pronounced dead at the scene.

A statement from Fergal Lawler, Noel and Mike Hogan of The Cranberries read: “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."

Ireland's president Michael D Higgins shared his condolences. "Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally," he said in a statement. "To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts, her death will be a big loss."

O'Riordan was born in County Limerick, Ireland, the youngest of seven children in a devout Roman Catholic family. She had said that her mother pushed her to consider becoming a nun. Instead, she ran away from home at 18 and ended up as the voice of The Cranberries.

The band released seven studio albums between 1993 and 2003 and again from 2009 to 2017 and had hit singles in the '90s like "Linger" and "Zombie." In all, they sold more than 40 million albums.

O'Riordan often spoke about the physical and emotional toll that being a famous musician took on her.  "When you have that sort of fame, you are bigger than your own self," she told the Daily Mail in 2008. "I thought I was indestructible."

Last year, The Cranberries blamed O'Riordan's back problems for the cancellation of a tour. They released a collection of acoustic versions of their hits accompanied by the Irish Chamber Orchestra's string quartet.

More recently, O'Riordan – who released solo albums in 2007 and 2009 – was performing in a band called D.A.R.K.

O'Riordan had strong Canadian ties. In July of 1994, she married Canadian-born Don Burton, a former tour manager for Duran Duran and The Cranberries, and the couple had three children (Burton had a child from a previous relationship). Their son Taylor, now 20, was born in Toronto.

The family lived a quiet life off-and-on in Buckhorn, just north of Peterborough, Ont. until 2013, when the marriage ended and O'Riordan returned to Ireland.

"The Canadians are very grounded. I could take Taylor to school and sit in his class with a bunch of six-year-olds and just be Mum," she told Daily Mail.

O'Riordan and Burton were sued in 2004 by their former nanny, who alleged breach of contract and false imprisonment, and O'Riordan was arrested in 2014 after allegedly becoming violent on a flight between New York and Ireland.

This article has been updated since it was first published.