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Police say dying of Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan not suspicious

17 January 2018

Irish singer-songwriter Dolores O'Riordan, frontwoman of the multi-million selling rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly in London on January 15, aged 46, her publicist said.

Dolores led the Irish rock band to global success in the 1990s, releasing five albums before they took a break in 2003.

Rumours of the band's split were always present, and many fans were beating heavily on Dolores pursuing a solo course, as her music matured with her.

The death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, London's Metropolitan Police said Tuesday.

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

Tony Das, a well-known musician talks about Dolores' iconic voice and what made him instantly fall in the love with Cranberries, "I would say it was pretty much her voice that made them stand apart from a lot of the stuff happening at the time".

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Produced by acclaimed producer Stephen Street, who worked with The Smiths and Blur, the album wasn't an immediate hit. Four of the band's singles rank in the top five most-downloaded digital songs on Amazon's list, with "Linger" (up more than 150,000%) ranking second behind "I've Been Blind" by The Fratellis. They released seven albums between 1989 and 2017.

The Cranberries, known for hits including "Zombie" and "Linger", formed in 1990 in Limerick. Others included Everybody Else Is Doing It (up 303,140%), No Need to Argue (up 229,333%), To The Faithful Departed (un 185,494%) and a solo project No Baggages (up 175,181%). All three albums were produced by Stephen Street.

The band's first singles "Dream" and "Linger" and the full-length album "Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We?" failed to gain much attention upon their initial release in 1992, but after being played extensively by MTV, were re-issued and peaked on the United Kingdom charts.

The Cranberries also reunited that year, resulting in the album "Roses" in 2012. It has ever since been on my playlist, and that's the last 10 years. She also teamed up with Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and Ole Koretsky to provide the vocals for the group D.A.R.K. The tour was cut short because O'Riordan was suffering from back problems.

They were seen previous year on nights out in Ireland smiling and holding hands after they first performed together in 2009. O'Riordan penned the emotional track as a dedication to the victims of an IRA bombing which took place in England the year prior. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work.

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Police say dying of Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan not suspicious