Dolores O’Riordan’s funeral took place today in her hometown of Ballybricken, Ireland, the Associated Press reports. It was attended by hundreds of mourners. Among them, there were her bandmates and her ex-husband.
The Cranberries singer was buried today, January 23, in her hometown, Ballybricken, located in southwest Ireland. The funeral was held at the parish church of St. Ailbe. It opened with a version of “Ave Maria” performed by O’Riordan and the famous opera singer, the late Luciano Pavarotti.
At the altar mourners could see a guitar and a platinum disc that used to belong to the singer.
The archbishop of Cashel and Emly described her voice as “unique, far reaching and distinctly Irish”, adding that “her gifts have resonated in the lives of many and will continue to do so as her music and her songs will continue to be played and listened to”.
Dolores O’Riordan’s funeral was attended by the rest of the Cranberries – guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler. O’Riordan’s former husband, Don Burton was also present.
The “Zombie” singer was found dead in her room at the Hilton Hotel, on Park Lane, in London last Monday, on January 15. She was pronounced dead at the scene. She was 46-years-old.
After the news got out that there was fentanyl found in her room at the time the police arrived to the location, speculation about a possible suicide started. Fentanyl is a powerful drug used as a painkiller and is only available via medical prescription. O’Riordan had sustained a back injury one year ago, which left her in a lot of pain, that she was still dealing with.
People from her entourage say that she had been severely depressed in the days prior to her death.
However, autopsy results have not been concluded yet, so the suicide theory remains pure speculation for now.