Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dies at 46

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan has died, according to the band's publicist.

The Irish singer formed the Cranberries in Limerick, Ireland, in 1989, and found massive commercial success behind the strength of the band's 1993 debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, as well as hit singles like "Zombie" and "Linger." 

While the band had confirmed O'Riordan's passing, as of early Monday afternoon, no further information was available as to what caused the 46-year-old singer's passing.

 

O'Riordan was in London for a short recording session with The Cranberries at the time of her death. 

"Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time," said a statement from O'Riordan's publicist. 

The Cranberries released their Something Else in early 2017 of reimagined songs from the band's catalog and new music.

"It was our 25th anniversary, so we thought it'd be nice to do something special for the fans," O'Riordan told Q104.3 New York's "Out of the Box" with Jonathan Clarke last March. 

"So we thought that we'd take a lot of the songs out of our setlist and take our hits and re-record them with a [string] quartet. So that's what we did."

Cranberries were set to tour the Europe, the U.K. and the U.S. last spring and summer, but had to cancel many of the dates due to health problem O'Riordan was having.

The band said publicly at the time that the issues stemmed from a back problem the singer was having, which also prevented her from performing.

Just prior to Christmas, O'Riordan shared news with the band's Facebook followers, which indicated she was on the mend. 

"Hi All, Dolores here. Feeling good!" she wrote in the update.

"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"


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