The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is a well-known name in the music community. All those who listened to alternative music back in the 90s could belt out the lyrics of their famous song, "Zombie." The multi-platinum band was the perfect solace for the teenage angst even if we may not have known what their songs were about. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end; The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer and songwriter, has passed away.
The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan was 46 years old.
While her publicist has confirmed the news of her passing, there is no concrete information regarding the cause of her death. The statement also appealed for some privacy during the difficult times for her family. The Cranberries were set to have a reunion tour in 2017 but Dolores had to pull out of it due to medical issues involving her bad back. She was also struggling with bipolar disorder and depression.
The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan was in London to record a session. Her passing away was termed as "sudden." Naturally, her untimely death has lead to an outpour of grief all over social media. Even the Irish President, Michael Higgins stated that he is greatly saddened by her death and it will be a great loss.
Celebrities like the Irish songwriter Hozier also talked about how Dolores' voice is irreplaceable and unforgettable.
Jim Corrs, a member of the Irish pop group The Corrs, also offered his deepest condolences, while Kodaline, the Irish rockers said that they were in absolute shock by this news.
Dolores O'Riordan is survived by her three children: Taylor Baxter, Molly Leigh, and Dakota Rain. They were fathered by Don Burton, who was her spouse for 20 years until they split in 2014.
Born in Limerick, 1971, Dolores joined the band the Cranberry Saw Us, which later came to be The Cranberries. The band enjoyed peak fame before they took a break in 2008.
One of their first songs to taste success was "Linger." The song gained further popularity after it featured in the movie Click, starring Adam Sandler and Kate Beckinsale. The lilting, romantic tunes pulled at everyone's heartstrings.
But the defining moment for the band came with their album 'No Need to Argue.' The album's lead single, Zombie, portrayed Dolores in a new light. The song talked about the 1993 IRA bombing of Warrington that killed children, prominently 3-year-old Jonathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry.
In 1999, their album Bury the Hatchet contained their next hit, The Animal Instinct:
The Cranberries churned out 3 more successful albums before calling it a break in 2008. The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan then set off on her solo career and launched 2 albums.
While the band came together in 2009 for live performance, they began working on new material that formed 2 more albums, including Something Else of 2017.
This is a great loss to the musical world and we will always miss her powerful voice. Here's her performance at David Letterman when she was just 23.