The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has been found dead at Hilton’s Park Lane hotel at the age of 46. She was in London, England, for a recording session. The cause of death is not yet known.
Born Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan on September 6, 1971 in Ballybricken, a town in County Limerick, Ireland, the iconic singer-songwriter auditioned to join Smiths-inspired band The Cranberry Saw Us, formed by brothers Noel and Mike Hogan, in 1990.
A name change and a confluence of factors turned The Cranberries into international stars. 1993 debut album “Everybody else is doing it, so why can’t we?” sold over 40 million records worldwide.
The follow-up, “No need to argue” sold in even greater numbers and contained “Zombie”, which became the group’s biggest hit worldwide.
The Cranberries released three more albums and unforgettable songs including “When you’re gone”, “Animal instinct” and “Just my imagination” before taking a break in 2003, allowing O’Riordan to record two solo albums.
The band reformed in 2009, initially just to perform live, but new material was eventually released on two subsequent albums: 2012’s “Roses” and the acoustic album “Something else“.
Behind the success, Dolores’ life was turbulent. She previously revealed she was sexually abused as a young girl and was also open about suffering from mental health issues, including depression and bipolar disorder.