DUBLIN (REUTERS) – Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died out of the blue on Monday (Jan 15) on the age of 46 throughout a recording journey to London, her publicist mentioned.
The reason behind loss of life was unclear.
O’Riordan’s distinctive Irish lilt and yodel helped gasoline the Cranberries’ speedy rise within the early 1990s with global hits Linger and Zombie.
The band went on to promote over 40 million data to turn into Ireland’s second-best-selling rock band after U2.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins described O’Riordan’s loss of life as an enormous loss to Irish music, saying her affect was “immense”.
But a naturally reserved singer, O’Riordan typically struggled with fame, leaving her native Ireland for a number of years to keep away from the highlight. During her separation from her husband in 2014, she was arrested for attacking a police officer.
The singer’s publicist mentioned she died throughout a brief recording journey to London, however declined to touch upon the reason for loss of life.
“Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time,” the publicist, Lindsey Holmes, mentioned in an announcement.
O’Riordan is survived by two daughters and a son.
Police in London mentioned a girl in her 40s was pronounced dead early on Monday at a resort on Park Lane in central London.
A spokesman mentioned police had been persevering with inquiries into the loss of life, which was being handled as “unexplained”.
The lady had but to be formally recognized, he mentioned.
The Cranberries shot to fame with their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? after the hit music Linger was picked up by MTV. The band’s first three albums offered a mixed 28 million copies.
But the pressure on O’Riordan, who was so shy that she carried out together with her again to the viewers throughout some early live shows, was additionally changing into clear, with the band chopping quick a tour in 1996 citing exhaustion and disillusionment.
O’Riordan left the Cranberries in 2003 and recorded two solo albums, earlier than the band reformed in 2009.
O’Riordan pleaded responsible to headbutting and spitting at an Irish police officer in 2014 following an alleged air rage incident.
Last yr, the Cranberries cancelled various live shows in North America and Europe, saying O’Riordan was affected by again issues.
British pop band Duran Duran, whose tour supervisor, Don Burton, was O’Riordan’s husband from 1994 till they separated in 2014 and was father to her youngsters, mentioned in a twitter put up that they had been “crushed” by the news.
Irish singer Hozier mentioned he was “shocked and saddened”.
“My first time hearing Dolores O’Riordan’s voice was unforgettable,” he mentioned. “I’d never heard somebody use their instrument in that way.”