SHOCK DEATH The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies suddenly in London aged 46 while in the capital recording

The band shot to international fame with their 1993 debut album ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We’  and went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide

THE Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has died aged just 46, her publicist has confirmed.

The Irish singer was in London for a short recording session when she passed away.

Her publicist confirmed the tragic news tonight, saying: “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

Dolores has been the lead singer for The Cranberries since the 1990s and led the band to international success with hits such as “Linger” and “Zombie”.

The band shot to international fame with their 1993 debut album “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We”  and went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide.

Follow-up album “No Need to Argue” went to number one in Australia, France and Germany, and number 6 in the United States.

As well as playing with the band, Dolores also toured with D.A.R.K and appeared as a judge on RTE’s The Voice of Ireland in 2o13/2014.

She released two solo albums during the hiatus before the band reformed in 2009.

In 2017 The Cranberries announced a tour including dates in Europe, the UK, and the US.

However, in May 2017, shortly into the European tour, The Cranberries had to cancel the remainder of the European dates as a result of O’Riordan’s health issues.

The official Cranberries website cited “medical reasons associated with a back problem” preventing singer Dolores O’Riordan’s from performing.

But just before Christmas O’Riordan had posted on Facebook saying she was “feeling good” and had done her “first bit of gigging in months”, leading fans to believe she would soon be performing again.

The singer suffered from bi-polar disorder and was spared a criminal conviction after an air rage incident in 2014.

In May 2017, O’Riordan opened up about her singing career and depression in an interview with the Irish News.

“I’ve been singing since I was 5 years old,” she told the Irish News. “By the time I was 12, I was writing my own songs so, yeah, music has always been part of me.

“To be honest, I’ve never imagined doing anything else. I think at one time though, my mum, who’s deeply religious, might have had a notion of me becoming a nun!

“There have been times when I’ve struggled. The death of my father and mother-in-law was very hard.

“Looking back, I think depression, whatever the cause, is one of the worst things to go through. Then again, I’ve also had a lot of joy in my life, especially with my children. You get ups as well as downs. Sure isn’t that what life’s all about?”

Irish rock band Kodaline were among the first to pay tribute on social media.

Irish President Michael D Higgins said her death will be “a big loss” to all those who support and follow Irish music.

In a statement, Mr Higgins said “Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally.”

 

The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies suddenly in London aged 46 while in the capital recording

 

 

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