Responsible for your favorite karaoke hits Zombie and Linger, Dolores O’ Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly in London. She is 46.
Her publicist Lindsey Holmes said the singer was recording in London at the time, and that no further details would be available yet as the family is understandably devastated at her sudden passing.
The Cranberries were first brought together in Limerick, mid west Ireland at the end of the 1980s, and their songs got them international status as they were recognized for fusing alternative rock edge with a distinctly Celt pop tunefulness.
According to this report, even Irish President Michael D. Higgins gave his salutations to O’ Riordan and recognized their band’s great influence to a generation of music lovers not just in their native Ireland, but worldwide.
“To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts, her death will be a big loss,” he said in a statement.
O’Riordan was The Cranberries’ chief lyricist and co-songwriter, and her distinct, nearly shrill voice was often said to be a key factor to the band’s unique sound.
Following news of her death, fans poured out their grief online.
Cranberries binging. So sad.
— Ann Killion (@annkillion) January 17, 2018
“Life is more intricate than it seems – always be yourself along the way” – R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan (1971 – 2018)
— ʜᴇʟᴇɴᴀ ᴠᴀɴ ᴍᴀʀᴍ (@helenavanmarm) January 15, 2018
As 90s kid, The Cranberries was one of the rare examples that girl can be anything they want.#RIPDoloresORiordan
— Ranger Punk (@siskhia) January 16, 2018
— a girl has no name (@hashtagmagswag) January 15, 2018
RIP Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan. I will always be inspired by your beautiful, unique voice. Hearing your songs today almost brings me to tears. Thank you for everything you’ve done ❤️ #RIPDoloresORiordan pic.twitter.com/xz8D5XALW0
— Vic Fuentes (@piercethevic) January 15, 2018
I remember hearing Dolores O’Riordan’s voice as a child in the 90s and being mesmerised. Then I grew up and the songs she sang were more than just beautiful music. I am heartbroken to hear about her death, but thankful the music she made still remains. #RIPDoloresORiordan
— Kari (@theanxiousrebel) January 15, 2018
Not many people die suddenly of natural causes at 46 (though my father did). Regardless, #RIPDoloresORiordan — an enormous talent.
— John Schindler (@20committee) January 16, 2018
The Cranberries released their debut album in 1993 titled “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” which sold millions of copies and produced the hit single “Linger.”
They followed it up with “No Need to Argue,” which sold in even greater numbers, and contained the immortal “Zombie,” their protest against Northern Ireland’s troubles at the time, but went on to top singles charts in several countries.
The band released three more studio albums before splitting up in 2003.
O’Riordan released a solo album, “Are You Listening,” in 2007, and another, “No Baggage,” in 2009.
The members of The Cranberries reunited that year, releasing the album “Roses” in 2012.
But it wouldn’t be all roses in the coming years, as in 2014, O’Riordan was accused of assaulting three police officers and a flight attendant during a flight from New York to Ireland. She pleaded guilty and was fined 6,000 euros ($6,600). She was also found to be mentally ill at the time of the case, and urged other people suffering from mental illnesses to seek help.
A European and North American tour in 2017 was cut short too because of her back problems.
O’Riordan is survived by her ex-husband, former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton, and their three children.