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.
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.— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) January 15, 2018
Noel, Mike and Fergal
“We are shocked and saddened at the news of Dolores’s passing, mere hours before she was to record vocals on our upcoming version of Zombie”.— Bad Wolves (@badwolves_band) January 15, 2018
Link below for full statement. https://t.co/CQUQODDXbV
One of my fondest memories of the last few years was playing a BC show on the rooftop of a hotel in Cabo and then crashing the house bands set with “Zombie” while Payton Manning was hanging in the audience (lol) RIP Dolores, your voice always got me good ???? pic.twitter.com/WoeGhM8zCt— Best Coast (@BestCoast) January 15, 2018
Devastated and shocked to hear about the terribly sad passing of Dolores O'Riordan. Love and respect from all at Island pic.twitter.com/q3yYHPRkgR— Island Records (@islandrecordsuk) January 15, 2018
My first time hearing Dolores O'Riordan's voice was unforgettable. It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I'd never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family.— Hozier (@Hozier) January 15, 2018
Oh lord. Not Dolores O’Riordan. Grew up singing Cranberries songs. Tragic news.— Frank Turner (@frankturner) January 15, 2018
I'm sad to hear of the passing of Dolores O'Riordan RIP.— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) January 15, 2018
Absolutely shocked to hear about the passing of Dolores O'Riordan! @The_Cranberries gave us our first big support when we toured with them around France years ago! Thoughts are with her family and friends— Kodaline (@Kodaline) January 15, 2018
forever & ever & ever, thank you Dolores O'Riordan for this eternal song that has made many fraught moments feel a little more bearable https://t.co/844PIJuJNX— jenn pelly (@jennpelly) January 15, 2018
Now playing:— Absolute Radio (@absoluteradio) January 15, 2018
Dreams - The Cranberries
Such a fabulous voice. RIP Dolores O'Riordan https://t.co/obGB6ve4Wx
RIP Dolores ??https://t.co/K3IBSmY0uA— BBC Music (@bbcmusic) January 15, 2018