Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies aged 46

16 January, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Julian Swanson
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"Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very hard time", the statement said, according to the BBC.

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries performs at L'Olympia on May 4, 2017 in Paris, France.

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries performs on stage at Hammersmith Apollo on October 2, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.

This news was confirmed by O'Riordan's publicist but her cause of death is not yet known.

However, it was cut short due to O'Riordan suffering from back problems which affected her singing and ability to play guitar. On Boxing Day, she posted on social media that she was headed to Ontario to spend time with her family.

Meeting her for the first time, then, in the early 1990s following the success of The Cranberries" debut album, "Eveybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?', was more than a little nerve-racking. She claimed she remembered nothing about the incidents.

The band burst onto the worldwide music scene in the 1990s with their hit song, Linger, followed by the generational anthem, Zombie.

Higgins described O'Riordan's death as a big loss to Irish music, saying her influence was "immense".

The members of The Cranberries reunited that year, releasing the album "Roses" in 2012.

"I'm half a Canuck", she said in a 2009 interview with The Canadian Press. Dolores and Don, who was the former tour manager of Duran Duran, split in 2014 after 20 years together.

"She had the most incredible voice and presence".

The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led the band to global success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie.

"I'm really shocked that #DoloresORiordan has passed so suddenly - I was talking to her a couple weeks before Christmas she seemed happy and well - we even spoke about maybe writing some songs together - unbelievable god bless her", he wrote.

In 2013, the mother-of-four had disclosed that she had been raped as a child.

Catholic priest Canon Liam McNarmara, who knew O'Riordan's family in their hometown of Ballybricken near Limerick and was a co-celebrant at her wedding, has also paid tribute.

As always, our thoughts are with Dolores' family and fans during this incredibly heartbreaking time.

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