The Cranberries’ Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dead At 46 [VIDEO]

Dolores O’Riordan, singer of The Cranberries, has died unexpectedly at just 46 years of age while recording some new music.

By nowproducerdave on January 16, 2018
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The Cranberries rose to fame in the early 1990s, and they were recording new music all the way up to singer Dolores O’Riordan’s death. Their most recent album was released in 2017, and Dolores was recording in London over the weekend, but was found dead on Monday the 15th.

The band is calling it unexpected, as there don’t seem to be any stories about health concerns or anything like that. There haven’t been any details about what happened, but family and friends of Dolores are asking for privacy right now – probably trying to figure everything out, including what happened. In 2017, however, the band was on tour and had to cancel some of their dates because of Dolores’ “ill health,” which was reported as being a “back problem.” She also has a history of bi-polar disorder. Again, no details about her death, those are just facts that are being reported.

The band released a statement, saying “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.” The President of Ireland (The Cranberries is an Irish band) said “It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, musician, singer and song writer. 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.

In related Cranberries news, and this is a rather shocking number but not a typo, sales of The Cranberries albums have increased as much as 900,000 percent. Yes, that’s a lot. Specifically, that’s their album “Something Else,” but of their other four albums, two in the 5-digit marks too, and two more are in the 6-digit percentages. That’s a seriously significant increase. This is likely due to the fact that juuuust as their popularity was fading a little bit, that’s when digital downloading became really popular, and most of us just never thought about downloading their work. Now, people are flocking to their streaming-app of choice for some “Zombie” and “Linger,” among the rest of their equally great-sounding collection.

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