Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Irish rock band The Cranberries, has passed away at age 46. The cause has not been specified, though O’Riordan’s publicist did state that the singer had been in London for a recording session when she died “suddenly.” The band’s Twitter and Facebook pages have also confirmed O’Riordan’s death, requesting privacy during this difficult time.
The Cranberries rose to fame in the alternative rock scene during the 90s, quickly transcending notoriety within the genre with four albums reaching the Billboard Top 20. Three of their singles—”Dreams,” “Linger” and “When You’re Gone/Free To Decide”—made Billboard’s Hot 100 in the late 90s. The band broke up in 2003 and four years later, O’Riordan launched her solo career with album “Are You Listening?” In 2017, the group reunited and released an album of top hits as well as three new songs. Following their reunion, many of the band’s tour dates were cancelled due to O’Riordan’s ongoing back problems that gave her severe pain.
O’Riordan is survived by her three children: 20-year-old son Taylor, 16-year-old daughter Molly and 12-year-old daughter Dakota. Scores of her fans, including fellow musicians Hozier, Liz Phair and Josh Groban, have paid tribute to the singer on social media.