The singer's death has been confirmed by her publicist
The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan has died, aged 46.
The Irish singer fronted the 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.”
Her bandmates have since paid tribute to O’Riordan on Twitter, writing: “We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today. Noel, Mike and Fergal.”
O’Riordan was born in Limerick in 1971. She auditioned to be The Cranberries’ lead singer in 1990, and went on to achieve global success with the band, with singles ‘Linger’ and ‘Zombie’ being certified silver and gold in the UK respectively.
Musicians and stars of the entertainment world have begun to pay tribute to the singer. Michael Stipe and his REM bandmates have issued a statement, saying: “We are all saddened to hear the news. Dolores was a brilliant & generous spirit w/ a quick humor & a stunning voice. Our love to the band & to her family & fans”.
U2 have also issued a statement: “The band are floored but it’s of course her family we’re all thinking of right now. Out of the West came this storm of a voice – she had such strength of conviction, yet she could speak to the fragility in all of us. Limerick’s ‘Bel canto.'”
Irish band Kodaline tweeted: “Absolutely shocked to hear about the passing of Dolores O’Riordan! @The_Cranberries gave us our first big support when we toured with them around France years ago! Thoughts are with her family and friends.”
US band MUNA wrote: “Gone too soon. Rest in power to one of our biggest musical inspirations, Dolores O’Riordan. Thank you.”
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