Dolores O’Riordan, singer and songwriter of Irish rock band The Cranberries, has passed away. She was 46 years old. Whilst an official cause of death has yet to be released, the surviving band members released a brief statement on their official Facebook Page confirming this tragic news:
“We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today.
Noel, Mike and Fergal”
Her work with The Cranberries helped the band reach recognition from around the globe with the band going on to sell over 40 million records with hits such as ‘Linger’ and ‘Zombie’ achieving critical acclaim. Noted for her strong Limerick accent, unique yodeling-style vocals and willingness to address controversial issues such as ‘The Troubles’ in her music, Dolores O’Riordan was also a successful solo artist releasing two albums under her own name.
The Cranberries had been scheduled to embark on the second stint of a European tour back in May 2017 but however cancelled due to Dolores O’Riordan sustaining what was described as a ‘back injury’. It would now appear that this tour will no longer be rescheduled as planned.
Our thoughts go out to her family and friends during this time.