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Sun, 25 Feb 2018

Northeast Today

Dolores O’Riordan, The Cranberries Frontwoman, Dead at 46

Dolores O’Riordan, The Cranberries Frontwoman, Dead at 46
January 16
13:34 2018

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of The Cranberries, has died. She was 46. The news was confirmed by the Irish musician’s publicist, Lindsey Holmes that O’Riordan passed away suddenly.

No cause of death has yet been announced, The Guardian reported. O’Riordan had been in London for a recording session, after she cancelled a tour to Europe and North America with a reunited Cranberries last year because of a back problem.

The band released the acoustic album ‘Something Else’ in 2017. “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time,” the statement added.

A Metropolitan police statement also confirmed the news, saying the singer’s body was found at a hotel in Park Lane. “At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained,” the statement by the police read.

The Cranberries was formed Limerick, Ireland towards the end of the 1980s and the band shot to fame in the 1990s with blockbusters such as “Zombie” and “Linger”.

O’Riordan, who was born in Limerick in 1971, was the chief lyricist and co-songwriter of the music group. Her wailing voice in the distinctive west Irish accent reverberates as strongly as the songs of the band.

The Cranberries made their debut in 1993 with LP ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?’, which featured the hit single “Linger” and went on to sell record-breaking copies.

The album was followed by an even bigger hit in ‘No Need To Argue’, that produced “Zombie”, a torturous anthem laced with political overtones highlighting the violence of Northern Ireland’s conflict in the 20th century called Troubles.

Before breaking up in 2003, the group had come up with three more studio albums. They, however, reunited in 2012 to release an LP titled “Roses”.

As a solo artiste, O’Riordan released two albums – ‘Are You Listening’ (2007) and ‘No Baggage’ (2009). She is survived by her ex-husband and former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton, and their three children.

-PTI

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