Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries Dies

Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan died suddenly on January 15 in London at the age of 46. No official cause of death was given.

The_Cranberries,_Enmore_Theatre_(6871307732)By Eva Rinaldi – The Cranberries, Enmore Theatre, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Authorities entered O’Riordan’s hotel room and found her unresponsive; London Metropolitan Police are calling the death unexplained.

She has been dealing with a number of health issues in recent years including some back problems that have caused the band to cancel tour plans.

O’Riordan had come to London for a recording session.

She joined The Cranberries – then called Cranberry Saw Us – in 1990 after answering an ad for a lead singer. O’Riordan was also the band’s lyricist and sometime co-songwriter.

O’Riordan fronted the band with brothers Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler.

As a part of The Cranberries, O’Riordan helped the band achieve several hit records and album sales of over 40,000,000 around the world.

Besides The Cranberries, O’Riordan launched a solo career during a Cranberries hiatus and most recently was a part of the band D.A.R.K.

At one point, O’Riordan was listed as the richest woman in Ireland.

She was born Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan on September 6, 1971 in Ballybricken, Ireland the youngest of seven children – five brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her mother Eileen and three children – Taylor, Molly, and Dakota. O’Riordan was married to Don Burton – touring manager for Duran Duran – for 20 years. The couple were divorced at the time of her death.

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