Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries Has Died at 46
Fans and fellow musicians are flocking to social media to honor the singer.
Dolores O’Riordan, the Irish musician who fronted international ’90s superstars The Cranberries, has reportedly died at the age of 46.
“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,” O’Riordan’s publicist said in a statement to the BBC. “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
Soon after the news was announced, fans and fellow musicians flocked to social media to honor the singer, who gave voice to alt-rock classics including “Linger,” “Zombie” and “Dreams.” James Corden shared a sweet story about meeting O’Riordan during his youth.
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
— James Corden (@JKCorden) January 15, 2018
Irish artists Hozier and Kodaline also paid their respects.
“My first time hearing Dolores O’Riordan’s voice was unforgettable,” said Hozier. “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.”
O’Riordan is survived by her three children, 20-year-old son Taylor, 16-year-old daughter Molly and 12-year-old daughter Dakota.
“The best time in my life was the years spent at home with my family,” she told the Irish News in May 2017. “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.”
The front woman last updated her Twitter page in early January with a photo holding a cat. “Bye bye Gio. We’re off to Ireland,” she captioned the post.