Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of famous Ireland act the Cranberries died Monday in London. She was in London for a short recording session. She was 46 years old.
The publicist for the band confirmed the news:
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.
O'Riordan was beloved by many. So much so that the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins issued a statement as well.
t is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, musician, singer and song writer. Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally. I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes. To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.
The Cranberries were one of the few female-fronted alternative acts to dominate the airwaves in the 90's. O'Riordan made a big impression with songs like "Zombie", "When You're Gone", and "Linger." We'll have more on this story as it develops.