With great sadness, the world now mourns the death of Dolores O’Riordan. She was a talented lady, who fronted Irish rock band The Cranberries. There has been limited information released about her death so far, what is known however, is that she died on Monday. The singer and songwriter was just 46 years old.
Her voice was distinctive and stood out. The Cranberries seem to resonate with people ever since they began performing together. O’Riordan helped to define the sound of The Cranberries with hits like “Linger,” “Salvation” and “Zombie.”
The band reached international fame and were respected among their peers as they toured around the world together. Dolores brought forth her powerfully distinctive voice with seemed to infect the very soul of one’s being. Dolores had a talent which alternated between both delicate and sheer rawness. Her yodels and Irish accent, became legendary and characterize the band’s distinctive sound.
It was confirmed by publicist Lindsey Holmes, that O’Riordan died suddenly Monday in London. She was there recording new music, spending time with friends and other industry insiders.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins released a statement, offering condolences and noting the “immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally” that O’Riordan and the Cranberries had. “To all those who followed and supported Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.” – The Irish Times
The group’s 1993 debut album “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” sold millions of copies and produced the hit single “Linger.” There was a follow-up album titled “No Need to Argue” it produced the smash hit “Zombie”, an Irish howl by O’Riordan which was in protest of Northern Ireland’s violent Troubles. This single, topped a number of charts in different countries.
The Cranberries would release 3 more studio albums together before they parted ways in 2003. O’Riordan went on to release several studio albums including “Are You Listening,” in 2007 and “No Baggage,” in 2009. Later, the members of The Cranberries reunited releasing the album “Roses” in 2012.
In 2017, The Cranberries released the acoustic album “Something Else”. A tour was cut short due to Dolores suffering from severe back problems.
Over the course of the band’s career, they’ve released seven studio albums together which have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. O’Riordan is survived by her ex-husband, the former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton, and their three children.