Lead Singer of Chart-Topping Band Passes Away at Only 46

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January 15, 2018Jan 15, 2018

The lead singer of the Alternative band The Cranberries has at the age of 46, says her publicist according to the BBC

Dolores O'Riordan, an Irish musician, died in London. O'Riordan, who was originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie.

A statement from her publicist said revealed why she was in London, writing "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."

However, the statement did not reveal her cause of death. The BBC reported that her death is not being treated as suspicious by the Metropolitan Police. However, they are still looking into her cause of death. 

"Police also confirmed a report was being compiled ready to hand to the coroner's office to investigate the causes of O'Riordan's death," reported the BBC. 

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson revealed that the police were called to a hotel at 9:05 GMT on Monday. There "a woman in her mid-40s" was pronounced dead at the scene.

It added: "Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

O’Riordan is survived by her three children, 20-year-old son Taylor, 16-year-old daughter Molly, and 12-year-old daughter Dakota, reported People

“The best time in my life was the years spent at home with my family,” she told the Irish News in May 2017. “I love being a mum. My kids don’t see me as a famous person, or have any kind of expectation; I’m just their mum.”

Plans are being made for her burial. The parish priest from her hometown, Friarstown in Limerick, said her funeral would take place in Ireland.

"Her family are still waiting for more details to come from London about her death," said Ballybricken and Bohermore parish priest Father James Walton.

"The plan is for her to be buried here at home. When that will be will depend on when her body is released."

Irish rock band Kodaline were among the first to pay tribute on social media. Other fellow artists are also sending their condolences. 

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The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, also issued a statement after her death. 

"It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, musician, singer and song writer,” he wrote. “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.”

Her cause of death is still currently unknown. This story will be updated as more details are released.

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