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The Cranberries Lead Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dies At 46

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the band ‘The Cranberries’, passed away in London on January 15. She was 46.

The band confirmed her death in a brief statement last evening.

In a separate statement, band members Noel and Mike Hogan, and Fergal Lawler said:

The cause of death has not been ascertained yet. The New York Times reported that the police were called to London’s Park Lane hotel where O’Riordan was pronounced dead at the scene.

In May 2017, she made it public that she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She said that she had struggled with the symptoms for years. The band also cited her “back problems” as the reason for cancelling, in May 2017, the second part of the group’s European tour. In late 2017, O’Riordan said she was recovering and performed at a private event.

Born in a town in County Limerick, Ireland, O’Riordan joined the band in 1990, when the band was called The Cranberry Saw Us. The band released five albums when they were together, namely Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993), No Need to Argue (1994), To the Faithful Departed(1996), Bury the Hatchet (1999) and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (2001) and a greatest-hits compilation entitled Stars: The Best of 1992–2002 (2002).

Their most popular number was ‘Zombie’, a protest song  in memory of two boys – Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry – who were killed in the IRA bombing in Warrington in 1993.

Ever since the news of her death was made public, tributes have been pouring in on social media.

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