Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer with the multi-platinum band The Cranberries, has died suddenly at the age of 46.
Statement issued by her publicist confirmed the news, but no cause of death has yet been announced.
London Metropolitan Police stated that O’Riordan’s body had been found early on Monday morning at a Park Lane hotel. “At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained”, the statement read.
Members of the band, Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler, posted a message on Twitter.
O’Riordan, who had to cancel a tour with a reunited Cranberries in 2017 because of “medical reasons associated with a back problem”, had been in London for a short recording session.
The Irish singer led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger, Ode to My Family and Zombie.
The band released five studio 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 Up and Smell the Coffee (2001) - before taking a six year-long break in 2003. Two albums, Roses (2012) and Something Else (2017), were released after the band reunited in 2009.
Third studio album by The Cranberries, To the Faithful Departed, contains the song ‘Bosnia’, dedicated to Sarajevo and the entire country which had just come out of a devastating war.