The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died yesterday in a London hotel room at the age of 46. But that's about all that is known. No cause of death has been released, with the band only saying that she died “suddenly,” and that she “was in London for a short recording session.”
The statement adds, “No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time." She is survived by her three children.
O’Riordan, who was born in Limerick, Ireland, was previously diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, but at this time there’s no word on whether that played a role in her death, although friends tell TMZ she was "dreadfully depressed" in recent weeks. Just last year the band was forced to cancel a tour because of her health, blaming it on “medical reasons associated with a back problem.”
O’Riordan’s longtime friend and Eleven Seven International Managing Director Dan Waite tells People that he got a voicemail from the singer just hours before she died. “She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week,” he said. “The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children, and her mother.”The Cranberries released their debut album, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?” in 1993, which featured the hit songs "Dreams" and "Linger.” In 1994 they released the follow-up, “No Need to Argue,” which contained their huge hit “Zombie.” They went on a hiatus after their 2001 album “Wake Up and Smell the Roses,” but reunited in 2009 and released two more albums. Check out clips of "Linger" and "Zombie" to the right.