The world was shocked and saddened by the news that Irish singer Dolores O'Riordan passed away in London Monday at 46.
“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. 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. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time,” the statement read.
The cause of death has not yet been announced.
The band also released a statement on social media.
Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old.— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) January 15, 2018
Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time. Full Statement: https://t.co/L8K98BFpSM pic.twitter.com/ADEY51Xnwe
O’Riordan, who was born in the Irish city of Limerick, gained worldwide fame with her band The Cranberries. The Cranberries would be one of that decades most successful groups with the multi-platinum-selling albums, Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993), No Need to Argue (1994), To the Faithful Departed (1996), as well as the acclaimed Bury the Hatchett (1999) and 2012's Roses.
The band went on hiatus in 2003, but reunited in 2009 where they continued touring and releasing new music. Their 2017 tour, which sadly would be their last, saw them performing with an orchestra in support of the reworking of their greatest hits on the compilation album, Something Else.
During the period of Cranberries hiatus, O'Riordan released two solo albums, 2007’s Are You Listening? And 2009’s No Baggage. In 2014, she started a side project with former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and musician Ole Koretsky called D.A.R.K. where they released one album.
The "Linger" singer is survived by her three children, Taylor Baxter, 20, Molly Leigh, 17, and Dakota Rain, 12. She had the children with ex-husband and former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton. The couple was together for 20 years before splitting up in 2014.
Following the shock of the news, many artists took to social media to eulogize the "Dreams" singer.
Oh lord. Not Dolores O’Riordan. Grew up singing Cranberries songs. Tragic news.— Frank Turner (@frankturner) January 15, 2018
We are crushed to hear the news about the passing of Dolores O’Riordan. Our thoughts go out to her family at this terrible time. https://t.co/6p20QD2Ii5 pic.twitter.com/vXscj0VGHS— Duran Duran (@duranduran) January 15, 2018
So saddened to hear about the sudden death of Dolores O’Riordan. Our sincerest condolences to @The_Cranberries and all of her loved ones.— Garbage (@garbage) January 15, 2018
WHAT. dolores o’riordan was an important & (as usual in this industry) under-appreciated poet-power-voice, influencing many...my song “half jack” from the @DresdenDolls 1st record was written directly after hearing “zombie”. may her voice carry on & on... https://t.co/ZuXMPllDPh— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) January 15, 2018
Bono performs at concert for Shane MacGowan's 60th birthday https://t.co/Dt5BPu5D4s He did "Rainy Night ON Soho" and added a snippet of The Cranberries' "Linger" at the end in memory of Dolores O'Riordan.) pic.twitter.com/Y8SJDpglFA— atu2 (@atu2) January 16, 2018