Dolores death ‘not suspicious’
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.