Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies suddenly at age 46

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Dolores O'Riordan
FILE PHOTO: Irish singer Dolores O'Riordan poses during an autograph session to promote her new solo album in Hong Kong April 24, 2007. REUTERS/Paul Yeung

Dolores O’Riordan, known globally as the lead singer of the band The Cranberries, has passed away at the age of 46. The Irish singer met her sudden death in London, but no further details have been revealed to the public.

O’Riordan’s publicist released a short statement saying, “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.”

According to a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police, officials responded to a call from a hotel in Park Lane at 9:05 a.m. local time on Monday. Police at the scene pronounced O’Riordan dead at the scene.

While the details surrounding the popular singer’s demise have not been released, police have confirmed that the O’Riordan death is not being treated as suspicious.

“Family members are devastated to hear the news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time,” O’Riordan’s publicist added.

Musicians and artists all around the world are mourning the loss of the iconic singer, who, together with the rest of The Cranberries, brought globally recognizable hit songs like “Zombie,” and “Linger.”

The remaining members of The Cranberries, Noel Hogan, Fergal Lawler, and Mike Hogan, released a statement via the band’s Twitter, paying tribute to the singer, who had been with the band since its founding in 1989.

“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 band wrote. “The world has lost a true artist today.”

Originating in Ireland, The Cranberries broke into the American music scene in the nineties, thanks to the heavy rotations given them by American radio, as well as the growing platform of MTV. O’Riordan’s iconic traditional Celtic-inspired vocals became the signature of the band and made their songs easily recognizable.