The Cranberries singer, Dolores O’Riordan, died suddenly on Monday, at age 46. At the time of death, she was in London, where she had a recording session.
Dolores O’Riordan passed away on Monday, January 15. According to the Cranberries’ representative, she passed away “suddenly”. Her body was found at her hotel room in a Westminster. No other information regarding her death were revealed up to the present moment.
The Cranberries lead singer has been struggling with depression for many years. In fact, in 2013, she tried to take her own life with an overdose. Following the failed suicide, the singer opened-up abut her struggle with depression, but it wasn’t until 2017 that more was unveiled regarding her mental health state.
Last year, the Cranberries pulled out from their European tour after it was reported that O’Riordan had suffered a nasty back injury and was in recovery. Around the same time, the musician shared that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
At this time, a link between her unexpected death and her mental state is only speculation.
Tributes on social media started pouring since the sad news was made public.
“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”, wrote Irish musician Hozier, adding: “Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family.”
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
Duran Duran posted 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.”
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) 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”, tweeted Kodaline. “Thoughts are with her family and friends.”
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
“gone too soon. rest in power to one of our biggest musical inspirations, dolores o’riordan. thank you”, wrote MUNA.
gone too soon.
rest in power to one of our biggest musical inspirations, dolores o'riordan.
thank you. pic.twitter.com/ZghvQS4p2M
— MUNA (@whereisMUNA) January 15, 2018
Even the Irish president Michael D Higgins reacted to the ” Zombie” singer’s death, stating: “To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts, her death will be a big loss.”
Dolores O’Riordan is survived by her former husband, Duran Duran manager Don Burton and their three children.