Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish band The Cranberries, died in London on Monday, according to a statement from her publicist.
O'Riordan, who was 46, died "suddenly" according to the statement, but no details were given on the cause of her death.
The singer was in London for a short recording session, the statement added.
The Cranberries rose to global fame in the mid-1990s with a string of hits, including "Linger," "Zombie" and "Dreams." The group, from Limerick, has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.In 2007 O'Riordan launched a solo project with her album "Are you Listening?" before reuniting with the group in 2009. That same year she also teamed up with The Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke and DJ Ole Koretsky to form the group D.A.R.K.
In 2017, the Cranberries' canceled many dates on their Europe and North America tour, with the band citing O'Riordan's ongoing back problems as the cause.
Really sad news out of London, Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of The Cranberries has died unexpectedly today at the age of 46. Didn't realize she was so young, so sad. Guess you could say her life changed in the worst possible way. Maybe a little too soon to do a little lyric wordplay, as I would hate to have a Zombie come back and haunt me.
But in all serious, this sucks, she was a mother of three, with a voice like an angel and the front-woman to arguably the most famous Irish band of all time. It's awful to speculate at a time like this but you just hope it wasn't anything self inflicted, too many musicians have taken their own lives in the last year or so.
I'm no Cranberries super fan or anything (tbh don't like the food either, fruit ewww) as the peak of their success happened when I was a wee lad (get it cause she's Irish?) and I really only know a handful of songs by them, but of those handful they were massive hits. As a music junky I'm well aware of the impact that had in the 90's. "Linger", "Dreams", and "Zombie" are all timers. They're some of the biggest not just alternative hits of the last 25 years, but just hits in general who's impacts are much greater than any commercial success they might've had. Like "Linger" was heavily featured in the Adam Sandler movie "Click" which is very noteworthy as that's the last good Adam Sandler movie. That scene that just gave the worst case of goosebumps after watching it on Youtube.
I'd say their most notable song was "Zombie". "Zombie" is just one of those songs that everybody knows, even if you don't know who The Cranberries are, you probably know that song. You definitely could have worse legacies, obviously as a musician I'd imagine you want to have a lasting impact where everybody knows who you were, but having a signature song like "Zombie" that is known by pretty much anybody who has listened to the radio in the last 40 years isn't too bad either.
What is kind of eerie about all this is whole is just a few days ago I was doing some late night wikipedia research on The Cranberries, and now this happens. Weird!
Just really sad, unexpected news. When Dennis Reynolds is paying his respects you know it's a big deal.