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Dolores O’ Riordan, singer with The Cranberries, dies in London

Tuesday, 16 January, 2018 - 14:24

Dolores O’Riordan, the singer with the Irish rock band The Cranberries, died on Monday in a hotel in London, where she was recording in a studio. She was 46 years old. The causes of her death are not yet known but, but police have confirmed that they are not treating it as suspicious.

This sudden death caused a stir on social networks, where many personalities paid tribute to the Limerick-born singer, starting with the members of her group, the Cranberries.

“We are devastated by the death 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,” the three musicians, Noel Hogan, Fergal Patrick Lawler and Mike Hogan, tweeted via the band’s account.

The Late Late Show presenter James Corden saaid, “I once met Delores O’Riordan when I was 15. She was kind and lovely, I got her autograph on my train ticket and it made my day. She had the most amazing voice and presence. So sorry to hear that she’s passed away today x.”

Dave Davis, of the British group The Kinks, said he was “shocked” by this death, adding that he had met her a few weeks before Christmas. “She seemed happy and well – we even spoke about maybe writing some songs together – unbelievable god bless her,” Davies wrote on Twitter.

English rock band Duran Duran tweeted: “We are crushed to hear the news about the passing of Dolores O’Riordan. Our thoughts go out to her family at this terrible time.”

“My first time hearing Dolores O’Riordan’s voice was unforgettable. It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I’d never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family,” wrote Irish singer Hozier.

Irish president Michael D Higgins called her death “a big loss”, adding that The Cranberries had “had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally”.

The Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar said she was probably “Limerick’s greatest ever rock star”, and that her band “captured all of the angst that came with your teenage years”



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