Frontwoman of The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan has died – the singer was just 46-years-old.
A spokesperson told the Limerick Leader:
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.
A family friend added:
My heart goes out to the family. Dolores was their pride and joy. We all loved her very, very much.
Dolores was born and raised in the Ballybricken area of County Limerick, Ireland – in 1990 she auditioned for the role of lead singer for a band called The Cranberry Saw Us which eventually became The Cranberries.
Prior to their 2003 hiatus, the band released five albums: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993), No Need To Argue (1994), To the Faithful Departed (1996), Bury the Hatchet (1999) and Wake and Smell the Coffee (2001).
Speaking about the ups and downs of being in The Cranberries, she told the Irish News last May:
I’ve been singing since I was five years old.By the time I was 12, I was writing my own songs so, yeah, music has always been part of me. To be honest, I’ve never imagined doing anything else. I think at one time though, my mum, who’s deeply religious, might have had a notion of me becoming a nun!
Looking back, it was a crazy time. Suddenly the band was massive, everybody wanted The Cranberries. I couldn’t believe it. Going on stage, in front of thousands of people was nerve wrecking. Even now I still get the butterflies before a performance, but once I’m out there, I just love it. There’s something about that vibe that makes me forget everything. It’s the best feeling ever.
Maybe if we’d taken a break, who knows, it might’ve helped? But we were so green when we started out. We signed up for a two-year straight contract without knowing how hard it’d be. We were working all the time and in the end, I was burned out.
It’s not good to be working constantly. Everybody needs to find balance in life. I’d advise anyone starting out to take their time, think about what they’re doing. Don’t over commit, only take on a few months at a time. See how it goes.
Tragic news. RIP Dolores O’Riordan.
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