We are so sad to report that Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, has died at age 46. Her publicist Lindsey Holmes reports that she died suddenly on Monday in London. The cause of death is still unknown.
The Cranberries were well-known internationally for their hits like “Zombie” and “Linger.” Holmes says the singer’s family is “devastated” by the news.1
O’Riordan was in London recording and has still had an active career. In fact, this past December she performed and in November recorded the theme song for a short film called “Angela’s Christmas,” which aired on Irish TV in December.2 This was all espcially promising given that at this time last year O’Riordan was having a tough time recovering from an ongoing back problem which also forced the band to cancel most of their European tour.
However, just last month O’Riordan had tweeted:
“Feeling good! 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!”3
Fans and musicians alike are all mourning the loss on Twitter. Our thoughts are with her family.