RIP to Delores O’Riordan, Cranberries Lead Singer Dead at Age 46

Posted by at 9:35 am on January 15, 2018

Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London at the age of 46. The lead singer with the Irish band was in London for a short recording session.

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

Her last posting on the band’s Facebook account was posted on December 20th.

It read: “Hi All, Dolores here. Feeling good! I did my first bit of gigging in months at the weekend, performed a few songs at the Billboard annual staff holiday party in New York with the house band. Really enjoyed it! Happy Christmas to all our fans!! Xo”

In November she recorded the theme song for the animated short film Angela’s Christmas which was broadcast on RTÉ 1 on Christmas Eve.

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

She 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 millions of albums worldwide. They split up in 2003 and reformed in 2009.

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

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