Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries, died aged 46. O’Riordan was The Cranberries’ chief lyricist and co-songwriter, and her powerful, sometimes wailing, voice was key to the band’s distinctive sound.
The Cranberries were formed in Limerick, Ireland at the end of the 1980s and became international stars in the ’90s with hits like ‘Zombie’ and ‘Linger’ that fused alternative rock edge with Celtic-infused pop tunefulness.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins said O’Riordan and the band “had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally.
“To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts, her death will be a big loss,” he said in a statement.
The Cranberries released the acoustic album ‘Something Else’ in 2017, and had been due to tour Europe and North America. The tour was cut short because O’Riordan was suffering from back problems.