Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies, aged 46

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies, aged 46

A representative for The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan confirmed on January 15 that the star passed away suddenly while recording in London. A cause of death has yet to be established. 

A statement issued by Lindsey Holmes Publicity read: "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. 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.”

As well as being the voice of The Cranberries – whose 1993 release Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? went double platinum and 1994 outing No Need To Argue went triple platinum - O'Riordan was also a solo artist and appeared as a judge on RTÉ's The Voice of Ireland. The Cranberries made headlines again recently following Eminem’s decision to sample their hit 1994 single Zombie on his new song In Your Head.

At the time of writing, The Cranberries have re-entered the Top 10 in both the iTunes album and singles charts. Their 1993 hit Linger is at No.10 while 2002's Stars: The Best Of The Cranberries 1992-2002 is at No. 2 in the albums chart, accompanied by 1994's No Need To Argue at No. 8.

In 2017 the band released Something Else, their first album in five years, through BMG. 

Alistair Norbury, BMG EVP international artists, said: “This is desperately sad news. We are in total shock. Dolores was a great artist and songwriter. All our sympathies are with her family and the rest of the band.” 

At the time of her death, O’Riordan was signed to Warner/Chappell. 

Mike Smith, managing director at Warner/Chappell said: “I’m shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Dolores O’Riordan. She was an amazing talent and gifted songwriter whose music touched a generation. My thoughts are with her family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Further tributes from across the music industry have started to pour in.












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