Sad news today broke that singer Dolores O’Riordan, of the Irish band The Cranberries, has died at the age of 46. She was one of my favorites… I simply loved her voice. Her publicist Lindsey Holmes told the Associated Press that O’Riordan died suddenly Monday in London, where she was recording. The cause of death wasn’t immediately available. Her family is understandably devastated by this. She has three children and I can’t imagine what they are going through. The band formed in Limerick, Ireland and is beloved there. The Cranberries became international stars in the 1990s with hits including “Zombie” and “Linger” that fused the alternative rock edge with poppy tunefulness.
The Cranberries broke up in 2003, but then got back together several years later. They released an acoustic album entitled “Something Else” in 2017 and had been due to tour Europe and North America. The tour was cut short because O’Riordan was suffering from back problems. In an interview with Irish News, O’Riordan opened up about her career, “I’ve been singing since I was 5 years-old,” she told the Irish News. “By the time I was 12, I was writing my own songs so, yeah, music has always been part of me. To be honest, I’ve never imagined doing anything else. I think at one time though, my mum, who’s deeply religious, might have had a notion of me becoming a nun!”
Dolores battled depression as well. “There have been times when I’ve struggled. The death of my father and mother-in-law was very hard. Looking back, I think depression, whatever the cause, is one of the worst things to go through. Then again, I’ve also had a lot of joy in my life, especially with my children. You get ups as well as downs. Sure isn’t that what life’s all about?”
Last year Dolores revealed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015, having battled with depression during much of her career. She told Metro: “There are two ends of the spectrum — you can get extremely depressed and dark and lose interest in the things you love to do, then you can get super manic. I was at the hypomanic side of the spectrum on and off for a long period but generally you can only last at that end for around three months before you hit rock bottom and go down into depression. When you’re manic you don’t sleep and get very paranoid. So I’m dealing with it with medication.”
I once met Delores O’Riordan when I was 15. She was kind and lovely, I got her autograph on my train ticket and it made my day. She had the most amazing voice and presence. So sorry to hear that she’s passed away today x
— James Corden (@JKCorden) January 15, 2018
In 2014, O’Riordan was accused of assaulting three police officers and a flight attendant during a flight from New York to Ireland. She pleaded guilty and was fined $6,600. She was ordered to pay the money to charity for headbutting, kicking, hitting and spitting on police officers following an alleged air rage incident. I have no idea what that was all about. Medical reports produced for the trial at Ennis District Court revealed she had been suffering from mania, mental illness and severely impaired judgment at the time of the incident, and that she remembered nothing about it. She was obviously not well.
O’Riordan split from her husband of 20 years, the former tour manager of Duran Duran, Don Burton, in 2014. In February 2016, O’Riordan said she would use “music, dancing and performing to improve her mental health” after avoiding a criminal conviction for the assault at an airport. O’Riordan was mother to son Taylor and daughters Molly and Dakota. Duran Duran wrote on Twitter: “We are crushed to hear the news about the passing of Dolores O’Riordan. Our thoughts go out to her family at this terrible time.”
The Irish rock star, who has recently been performing with a band called D.A.R.K, was staying in London while recording. Her publicist did not comment on how she died, other than to say it was ‘sudden’ and that her family are ‘devastated’. She was found in a hotel room at Park Lane at 9:05 am this morning. So far, they are calling the death unexplained. That won’t last for long.
A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police in Westminster are dealing with a sudden death. Officers were called at 9.05 am on Monday to a Hotel in Park Lane. A woman in her mid 40s was pronounced dead at the scene. At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained. Enquiries continue.” Her band had recently played in South America and she tweeted pictures of fans in Lima, Peru in December. Dolores O’Riordan will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace and her family find comfort in their faith going through this. What a tragic loss.
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) January 15, 2018
My heart hurts💔Just heard about Dolores. She was my childhood. Her voice timeless. My deepest condolences to her family and the band at this difficult time. RIP Dolores O’Riordan voice of an Irish angel. https://t.co/M0tbFJlOTT
— KAYA 🇺🇸 www.KayaJones.com (@KayaJones) January 15, 2018
Devastated for fans and her family- Dolores O’Riorden had such an exquisite voice, so distinctive and defining of an era. She would have continued to be a rare musical treasure late into a long life #gonetoosoon https://t.co/2QH2cPgRf6
— Liz Phair (@PhizLair) January 15, 2018