Limerick singer and Cranberries front woman Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London at the age of 46.
Her publicist confirmed the news in a statement which read: “The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time.
“Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time,” the statement concluded.
A native of Ballybricken, she was the youngest of seven children of Terence and Eileen O’Riordan and was educated at Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ in Limerick city.
In 1990 O’Riordan auditioned and won the role of lead singer for a band called The Cranberry Saw Us which was later changed to The Cranberries.
The band released five albums: 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), before they went on hiatus in 2003.
On 18 July 1994, O’Riordan married Don Burton, the former tour manager of Duran Duran. Their first child, Taylor Baxter, was born on 23 November 1997. Molly Leigh was born on 27 January 2001, and Dakota Rain on 10 April 2005. O’Riordan and Burton split up in 2014 after 20 years together.
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