The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan Dead at 46
She was the lead singer since the early 1990s
Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries, has died, as the BBC reports. She was 46 years old. According to a statement from her publicist, she was “in London for a short recording session.” No further details are available at this time. O’Riordan was the frontwoman of the Irish rock group since the early 1990s, when she joined brothers Noel and Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler. The first Cranberries album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, was released in 1993. The band went on hiatus in 2003 before returning in 2009. In 2014, O’Riordan was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Last year saw the Cranberries release Something Else, a full-length album of stripped down renditions of songs from throughout the Cranberries catalog. The group’s In 2016, O’Riordan also collaborated with the Smiths’ Andy Rourke in the group D.A.R.K., releasing one album, Science Agrees.
The Cranberries mourned their late bandmate in a statement. “We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores,” they wrote. “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.”