Sad news to report today. Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the alt/rock group The Cranberries, has died today. The band’s representative confirmed the singer’s death on Facebook:
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.
From the Associated Press
Formed in Limerick, Ireland at the end of the 1980s, The Cranberries became international stars in the 90s with hits including “Zombie” and “Linger” that fused the alternative rock edge with Celtic-infused pop tunefulness.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins said O’Riordan and the band “had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally.”
“To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts, her death will be a big loss,” he said in a statement.
The group’s 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? went platinum, producing the hit single “Linger.” The band’s sophomore effort, No Need to Argue was an even bigger success and included their next big hit “Zombie.”
Three more studio albums followed before the band split up in 2003. O’Riordan released a couple of solo albums before the group reunited in 2012 releasing the album Roses.
The Cranberries released the acoustic album “Something Else” in 2017 and had been scheduled to tour Europe and North America. The tour was cut short because O’Riordan was suffering from back problems.