The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan’s cause of death not yet known as coroner awaits test results

News of Irish singer's passing was announced on Monday (January 15)

The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan‘s cause of death is not yet known, with a coroner stating that they are still awaiting results from “various tests”.

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.

O’Riordan’s death was announced on Monday (January 15), with a statement reading: “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.”


The Guardian now reports that the coroner’s officer Stephen Earl issued an update as an inquest opened at Westminster coroner’s court.

Earl revealed that O’Riordan had been found in her hotel room unresponsive on Monday morning and was declared dead at the scene.

He said: “A postmortem examination has now taken place and the court is awaiting the results of various tests that have been commissioned.”

Coroner Shirley Radcliffe adjourned the hearing until April 3, with a date for the full inquest to be set at the time.

The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan

Earlier this week, O’Riordan’s bandmates paid tribute to the Irish singer 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.

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