Singer Dolores O’Rior­dan dies at age 46

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - New York Daily News A coro­ner is await­ing the re­sults of tests to de­ter­mine what killed The Cran­ber­ries singer Dolores O’Rior­dan.

Dolores O’Rior­dan, the lead singer of pop­u­lar Ir­ish rock band The Cran­ber­ries, died last week in Lon­don. She was 46.

“Ir­ish and in­ter­na­tional singer Dolores O’Rior­dan has died sud­denly in Lon­don to­day. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Ir­ish band The Cran­ber­ries, was in Lon­don for a short record­ing ses­sion,” the band said in a state­ment on Face­book.

The state­ment from the band and an ear­lier one from her pub­li­cist did not clar­ify the cause of the singer’s un­timely death.

Sur­viv­ing band mem­bers Noel Ho­gan, Mike Ho­gan and Fergal Lawler took to Twit­ter to re­mem­ber their late band­mate.

“We are dev­as­tated on the pass­ing of our friend Dolores. She was an ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent and we feel very priv­i­leged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cran­ber­ries. The world has lost a true artist to­day,” the trio said in a state­ment.

O’Rior­dan rose to fame as the gen­tle voice be­hind The Cran­ber­ries’ big­gest hits, in­clud­ing “Zom­bie” and “Linger,” the lat­ter of which, a lilt­ing love song, served as the band’s break­through hit in 1993. The tune, with its dis­tinc­tive string sec­tion, peaked at No. 8 on the Bill­board Hot 100.

It also fea­tured promi­nently in the 2006 Adam San­dler movie “Click,” prompt­ing a brief cameo by O’Rior­dan to sing the song in a wed­ding scene.

The Lim­er­ick, Ire­land, na­tive got her start with an au­di­tion to join broth­ers Noel and Mike Ho­gan in their band the Cran­berry Saw Us.

The au­di­tion proved suc­cess­ful, and be­fore long, the band, with O’Rior­dan front and cen­ter, was an in­ter­na­tional hit on the back of their de­but al­bum “Ev­ery­body Else Is Do­ing It, So Why Can’t We?”

Af­ter five al­bums — and the pres­sures that come with be­ing dubbed “Ire­land’s big­gest mu­si­cal ex­port since U2” by Rolling Stone — The Cran­ber­ries went on hia­tus in 2003.

Af­ter some time apart, the band re­grouped in 2009, and was slated for a Euro­pean tour this past sum­mer.

That tour, as well as its North Amer­i­can leg, was canceled as O’Rior­dan re­cov­ered from an “on­go­ing back prob- lem,” ac­cord­ing to The Cran­ber­ries’ web­site.

“Un­for­tu­nately Dolores O’Rior­dan’s re­cov­ery from her on­go­ing back prob­lem which forced the can­cel­la­tion of most of the band’s Euro­pean tour this Sum­mer has not been go­ing as well as ex­pected to such ex­tent that her Doc­tors have now in­structed her to can­cel her up­com­ing al­most sold out tour of North Amer­ica with the band,” the state­ment read.

The band’s f i nal al­bum with O’Rior­dan at the mi­cro­phone, an acous­tic com­pi­la­tion record called “Some­thing Else,” was re­leased in April.

O’Rior­dan split from her hus­band, for­mer Du­ran Du­ran tour man­ager Don Bur­ton, in 2014 af­ter 20 years of mar­riage and three chil­dren: Tay­lor Bax­ter, Molly Leigh and Dakota Rain.

The singer said in May that she was more than happy to swap her time in the spot­light for time at home.

“The best time in my life was the years spent at home with my fam­ily. I love be­ing a mum. My kids don’t see me as a fa­mous per­son, or have any kind of ex­pec­ta­tion; I’m just their mom,” she told the Ir­ish News.

It’s no sur­prise O’Rior­dan ex­pressed a sense of calm at liv­ing her life off stage.

In a re­cent in­ter­view, she said the sud­den burst of fame The Cran­ber­ries ex­pe­ri­enced in the mid-’90s, par­tic­u­larly af­ter the 1996 re­lease of their third al­bum “To the Faith­ful De­parted,” was al­most too much to han­dle.

“For as long as I could, I held on to those years like I was grip­ping a roller coaster ride,” she told the Ir­ish Times in May. “I got sick, had a melt­down — it was too much work that caused it.”

O’Rior­dan also re­vealed in May that she was di­ag­nosed with bipo­lar dis­or­der in 2015.

Just two years prior, in 2013, she tried to over­dose, telling the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent that she suf­fered from anorexia, ner­vous break­downs and sui­ci­dal thoughts.

“I sup­pose I am meant to stay here for the kids,” the singer said.

The Cran­ber­ries wouldn’t go on hia­tus for an­other seven years af­ter her self-pro­claimed “melt­down,” but putting the brakes on their suc­cess seemed to serve O’Rior­dan well: She re­leased two solo al­bums dur­ing the break, “Are You Lis­ten­ing?” in 2007 and “No Bag­gage” in 2009.

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