Dolores O’Riordan, Cranberries lead singer, dies at age of 46

Police say they are treating death of singer at London hotel as ‘unexplained’


Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London at the age of 46. No cause of death has been revealed. The singer was in London for a recording session on a new album.

Police in Westminster said they were called to a hotel on Park Lane at 9.05am. “A woman in her mid-40s was pronounced dead at the scene,” a Metropolitan Police statement said. “At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained.”

Her publicist said that family members are “devastated to hear the breaking news” and have requested privacy “at this very difficult time”.

She is survived by her ex-husband, Don Burton, and her three children, Taylor Baxter, Molly Leigh and Dakota Rain.

O’Riordan was born in Ballybricken, Co Limerick, in 1971, the youngest of seven children. She joined The Cranberries in Limerick in 1990. They were one of the biggest Irish bands of the 1990s, selling more than 40 million records over their career. Their most popular hits included Zombie and Linger. They split up in 2003 and re-formed in 2009.

Last year the band released an acoustic album, Something Else, but had to cancel tour dates in Europe and North America because of O’Riordan’s ill health.

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