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London: The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has died at the age of 46.
The Irish musician, who was originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 1990s with singles including ‘Linger’ and ‘Zombie’, died suddenly, her publicist has confirmed, BBC reported on Monday.
A statement from her publicist said: “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.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the police were called to a hotel in Park Lane, where “a woman in her mid-40s” was pronounced dead at the scene.
The death is, at this stage, unexplained.
Her current bandmates in The Cranberries – Noel Hogan, Fergal Lawler, and Mike Hogan – paid tribute to the lead singer on social media.
The message said: “She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to been part of her life from 1989.”
Her publicist added: “Family members are devastated to hear the news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
The Cranberries shot to international fame with their 1993 debut album “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” and went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide. The biggest hit from this album was the song ‘Linger’.
A protest song that got the singer and the band much fame, and gained a classic rock status with each passing day, is the 1994 release ‘Zombie’.
In 2017 The Cranberries announced a tour including dates in Europe, Britain, and the US. However, in May, shortly into the European tour, the group had to cancel the remainder of the European dates as a result of O’Riordan’s health issues.
The official Cranberries website cited “medical reasons associated with a back problem” preventing singer O’Riordan from performing.
But just before Christmas O’Riordan had posted on Facebook saying she was “feeling good” and had done her “first bit of gigging in months”, leading fans to believe she would soon be performing again.
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