The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Dies At 46

Jan 16, 2018, 01:10
The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Dies At 46

Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, has died suddenly while on a trip to London for a recording session, her publicist has confirmed.

In recent years, O'Riordan's troubled persona tended to make more headlines than her singing - the most recent incident of which saw her arrested at Shannon Airport in February 2016 over an alleged "air rage" incident.

Lead singer with The Cranberries for almost 30 years, O'Riordan's unmistakable voice was the soundtrack to an Irish generation.

"She derived great happiness from her kids who she absolutely doted on, and wanted to make sure had as normal a childhood as possible growing up".

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O'Riordan's haunting, acrobatic vocals were a distinctive part of The Cranberries DNA on the band's five original albums before they took a hiatus in 2003.

O'Riordan said she didn't think twice about putting herself in the midst of the conflict.

Leading the way were Irish singer's, Ronan Keating and Delta Goodrem's ex, Brian McFadden, as well as bands Hozier and Duran Duran, and talk-show host James Corden.

Formed in Limerick, Ireland, The Cranberries became global stars in the 1990s with hits including "Zombie" and 'Linger.' The band split in 2003, but they reunited several years later. It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I was very disappointed to hear today that she has left us so early in life.

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"My first time hearing Dolores O'Riordan's voice was unforgettable", he said.

She was known for her mezzo-soprano voice, yodeling and most of all, for her strong Limerick accent.

But at the end of 2017, O'Riordan wrote in a Facebook post that she was "feeling good" and doing her "first bit of gigging in months". "Thoughts are with her family and friends". "So sorry to hear that she's passed away today x".

Irish singer Ronan Keating said he was "totally shocked" about the death of O'Riordan, who he described as an "incredible talent and a lovely soul".

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"I knew that would be the angle of the song, because it was controversial", she told Songfacts.

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