At 9:05 AM on Monday, Dolores O'Riordan was found dead in a room of the Hilton London. The star was only 46 year old at the time. The Metropolitan Police is treating the death as unexplained so far. Her publicist claims that the death was sudden and the singer's family in Ireland are devastated.
Last year, Dolores revealed that she had been fighting mental health issues and depression for most of her career and she even tried to commit suicide in 2013. She was diagnosed as bipolar in 2016. Dolores has spoken of coping with eating disorders, alcoholism as well as with the abuse that she received when she was but a little girl.
Weeks before her death, the singers friends reported that she was dreadfully depressed. Dolores was also suffering from massive back pain that forced her to cancel concerts for much of 2017. The members of the Cranberries tweeted: "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 world has lost a true artist today. Noel, Mike and Fergal."
Dolores has had three children with ex-husband Don Burton - son Taylor, 20, and daughters Molly, 16, and Dakota, 12 - the former tour manager for Duran Duran. They had been married for 21 years. The kids live with their father in Canada. Dolores last posted a picture of herself and her cat on Twitter on January 4, writing: "Bye bye Gio. We're off to Ireland."
"I only found out this afternoon. Her family is very devastated and upset," Father James Walton, parish priest at Ballybricken & Bohermore Parish, told the press. "The suddenness of her death has been a shock. I met Dolores two or three times when she was home visiting family. She was a lovely lady. Her family are still waiting for more details to come from London about her death. The plan is for her to be buried here at home. When that will be will depend on when her body is released."
"It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O'Riordan, musician, singer and songwriter," said President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
"Dolores O'Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally. I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy's introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes. To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss."
The Cranberries formed in Limerick, Ireland. They were international stars in the '90s, with hits like Zombie and Linger. The band had split up in 2003 before reuniting several years later. They released an acoustic album Something Else in 2017.