The lead singer of Irish rock back The Cranberries died suddenly on Monday. Dolores O’Riordan was only 46 years old when she died.
According to British media, O’Riordan was in London for a recording session at the time of her death. She was pronounced dead at the Hilton on Park Lane in London. Metropolitan Police say that O’Riordan’s death “is being treated as unexplained.”
O’Riordan’s family put out a statement saying that they are “devastated” by the news. Her band, meanwhile, tweeted out a heartfelt message from her bandmates:
We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today.
Noel, Mike and Fergal
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) January 15, 2018
The Cranberries are one of the most successful Irish bands in history. They sold 40 million albums worldwide and had major hits with songs like “Zombie” and “Linger”:
O’Riordan has had her share of problems, but those issues were probably not related to her death: she was suffering from a mental illness for which she was being treated, and had serious back problems which caused her band to cancel a couple of shows in May 2017.
And so the world loses another great singer too early. There seems to be something in the air these last few years; one great singer after another is lost. Let it serve as a reminder that we’d better enjoy their new creations while we can; before you know it, they’re no longer able to create.