Dolores death ‘not sus­pi­cious’

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THE death of The Cran­ber­ries singer Dolores O’Rior­dan is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious, Scot­land Yard has said.

The Ir­ish songstress was found dead at the Hil­ton ho­tel in Park Lane, Lon­don, on Mon­day morn­ing.

The news came as iTunes re­ported a surge in down­loads of mu­sic by the band which is ex­pected to see them chal­lenge for the Num­ber 1 spot in next week’s charts.

O’Rior­dan, 46, from Fri­arstown, Kil­mal­lock, Co Lim­er­ick, was renowned for her dis­tinc­tive singing voice and The Cran­ber­ries en­joyed huge suc­cess in the 1990s with tracks in­clud­ing Zom­bie and Linger.

Her band­mates – Noel Ho­gan, Fer­gal Lawler, and Mike Ho­gan – said they were “dev­as­tated” by the news, adding “the world has lost a true artist”.

Tributes have also poured in from the world of mu­sic for the mother-of-three, while a num­ber of fans braved the ad­verse weather con­di­tions to sign a book of con­do­lences opened at Lim­er­ick City and County Coun­cil.

The singer had been in Lon­don to record a cover of

Zom­bie with hard rock band Bad Wolves and, hours be­fore her death, had sounded “full of life”, ac­cord­ing to her friend and mu­sic pro­ducer Dan Waite.

He said: “Dolores left me a voice mes­sage just af­ter mid­night (Mon­day) stat­ing how much she loved Bad Wolves’ version of Zom­bie. She was look­ing for­ward to see­ing me in the studio and record­ing vo­cals. “She sounded full of life.” In 2014, O’Rior­dan split from her hus­band of 20 years, for­mer Du­ran Du­ran tour man­ager Don Bur­ton.

They have three chil­dren.

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