Dolores O’Riordan’s boyfriend says he has lost ‘the love of my life’

The Cranberries singer died earlier this week

The boyfriend of The Cranberries‘ singer Dolores O’Riordan has spoken out following her death, calling his late partner ‘the love of my life’.

Ole Koretsky, who played with O’Riordan in alt-rock band D.A.R.K., released the statement via the band’s official website. “My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone,” he wrote. “My heart is broken and it is beyond repair. Dolores is beautiful. Her art is beautiful. Her family is beautiful. The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable. I am lost. I miss her so much. I will continue to stumble around this planet for some time knowing well there’s no real place for me here now.”

Bandmate and former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke added his own statement, writing: “I am heartbroken and devastated by the news of the sudden and unexpected passing of Dolores,” said band mate and member of The Smiths Andy Rourke. “I have truly enjoyed the years we spent together and feel privileged to call her a close friend. It was a bonus to work with her in our band D.A.R.K. and witness firsthand her breathtaking and unique talent. I will miss her terribly. I send my love and condolences to her family and loved ones.”

Dolores O’Riordan passed away on Tuesday (January 16).

The Irish singer fronted The Cranberries band from 1990 to 2003, when they went on hiatus. She was a part of their later reunion in 2009.

Police have confirmed that O’Riordan’s death is not being treated as suspicious. A Met police spokeswoman said the case has been passed on to a coroner.

O’Riordan’s publicist confirmed news of her death, releasing a statement that read: “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.

“Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”