The Cranberries’ frontwoman, Dolores O’Riordan has passed away, aged 46. The news was confirmed by her publicist in a statement, describing the death as ‘sudden’ and ‘unexplained’.
This comes after O’Riordan canceled a tour with the reunited Cranberries in 2017, however, the band were in London for recording sessions. A statement made by Metropolitan police details the iconic musician’s body was found at the Park Lane hotel in London.
“Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time”, further reads the statement made by her publicist.
Irish president Michael D Higgins has honored the life and achievements of O’Riordan, saying he learned of the loss with “great sadness”, adding “To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts, her death will be a big loss.”
Tributes honoring the immense impact of the band within music have begun to pour out via social media. The Cranberries rose to huge prominence in the 90s, releasing a slew of hit singles, going on to sell more than 40 million records.
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) January 15, 2018
My first time hearing Dolores O'Riordan's voice was unforgettable. It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I'd never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family.
— Hozier (@Hozier) January 15, 2018
Absolutely shocked to hear about the passing of Dolores O'Riordan! @The_Cranberries gave us our first big support when we toured with them around France years ago! Thoughts are with her family and friends
— Kodaline (@Kodaline) January 15, 2018