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The Cranberries Lead Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dies At 46 Years

Rain Varela | PopWrapped Author

Rain Varela

Staff Writer
01/15/2018 9:18 pm
PopWrapped | Celebrities
The Cranberries Lead Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dies At 46 Years | the cranberries
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Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of alternative rock band The Cranberrries has passed away at 46 years of age. She died in London this Monday and as of writing the reason for her recent passing has not been disclosed.

The publicist for The Cranberries released a brief starement saying  "Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. 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."

She leaves behind three children with ex-husband Don Burton. 

Celebrities who were big fans of her and the band immediately gave out tributes on social media. Hozier tweeted out "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."

The official Twitter account for Irish folk rock band, Kodaline wrote "Absolutely shocked to hear about the passing of Dolores O'Riordan! The Cranberries gave us our first big support when we toured with them around France years ago! Thoughts are with her family and friends"

Talk show host James Corden then tweeted a personal story about the singer before he became famous himself  "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"

But it's not just celebrities who are sharing their grief, the President of Ireland Michael Higgins released a statement saying,  "It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, musician, singer and song writer. Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally. I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes. To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss."

The Cranberries was formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989. Back then the band had a different name "Cranberry Saw Us" and there was a different lead singer who left after less than a year. The band then placed an advertisement for a female singer, Dolores responded by writing lyrics and melodies to demos, when she produced a rough cut for what would be one of the band's biggest hit "Linger." She was immediately hired. 

The group then changed their name to "The Cranberries". Not counting "Linger," the band would produce hit singles like "Zombie,"  "Ode To My Family," and "Salvation." They were one of the most successfull rock acts of the 90s and have sold 40 million records worldwide.

Thank you for the music Dolores, you will always linger in our hearts.



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