Cranberries Lead Singer Dolores O’Riordan Found Dead In London Hotel Room

The "Zombie" singer-songwriter was 46.

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Irish pop band The Cranberries, died Monday at the age of 46. She was found in her hotel room in London, though the official cause of death has not been announced.

In the 1990s O’Riordan, originally from Limerick, led the band to international fame with hits like “Linger,” “Zombie” and “Salvation.” In 2014, she began recording material with Smiths bassist Andy Rourke’s band, D.A.R.K.

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In 2017, O’Riordan disclosed she was living with bipolar disorder. She reportedly suffered a serious back injury last spring that required surgery, but was in London this month for a recording session.

In a statement, her publicist said, “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

O’Riordan is survived by her three children: 20-year-old son Taylor, 16-year-old daughter Molly, and 12-year-old daughter Dakota. In May 2017, she told Irish News her time with her family was the best in her life.

“I love being a mum. My kids don’t see me as a famous person, or have any kind of expectation; I’m just their mum.”


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