Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of The Cranberries, has passed away, according to her publicist. She was 46. O’Riordan was in London for a short recording session, but no other details have been provided beyond the fact that her family members are obviously devastated.
The Cranberries were a popular Irish band, especially in the 1990s, having sold over 40 million records, beginning after MTV put their song, “Linger” into heavy rotation. That first album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, sold 5 million copies in the United States alone. While the band was able to continue with modest success with subsequent albums, they never quite achieved the level of fame they did between the years 1993 and 1995.
Personally, I was a fan of The Cranberries — I saw them a couple of times, although in both cases, because I was there for the opening band (Toad the Wet Sprocket) — and O’Riordan had an amazing voice and a great stage presence. The Cranberries had a knack for creating hooks that would stick in your head for days (not unpleasantly). O’Riordan embarked on a solo career in 2003, and she’s also played on numerous occasions for The Pope.
O’Riordan is survived by three children, 20-year-old son Taylor, 16-year-old daughter Molly and 12-year-old daughter Dakota.
Rest in peace, Dolores O’Riordan.