Hollywood cannot seem to catch a break this year, but especially within just the past week. We have already lost many who have been in the Hollywood spotlight and we are heartbroken to add another adored singer to this unfortunate list, especially since she passed at such a young age. It seems that 2018 will be the year of loss, but this death was completely unexpected.
One of the most loved, talented, and popular vocalists in the 90’s suddenly died today – she was just 46-years-old and her passing was completely unexpected.
The Guardian reports:
Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer with the multi-platinum band the Cranberries, has died aged 46.
The news was confirmed by her publicist, but no cause of death has yet been announced. O’Riordan, who had to cancel a tour with a reunited Cranberries in 2017 due to a back problem, had been in London for a recording session.
Musicians have started to pay tribute, including Irish songwriter Hozier, who said he was “shocked and saddened”, and that O’Riordan’s voice “threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of rock. I’d never heard somebody use their instrument in that way.”
Duran Duran, whose tour manager Don Burton was married to O’Riordan for over 20 years before their divorce in 2014, said they were “crushed” by the news.
O’Riordan, born in Limerick in 1971, joined the Cranberries – then called the Cranberry Saw Us – in 1990, and performed with them until 2008 when they took a hiatus. Driven by O’Riordan’s heartfelt vocals and their unmistakable west Irish accent, they became hugely successful on both sides of the Atlantic.
There are rumors that the singer had some health issues, but it’s not known if that contributed to her untimely death or what illness she may have suffered. Only time will tell what the sudden cause of O’Riordan death was and if she had any unknown struggles that were the cause of it. It is truly tragic when anyone passes away so prematurely like this, regardless of the situation.
As The Guardian explained, O’Riordan enjoyed an impressive career in her short life:
“No Need to Argue sold 17m copies, including 7m in the US, and cemented them as one of the biggest alternative acts of the 1990s. The Cranberries released three more albums before taking a break in 2008, allowing O’Riordan to record two solo albums. The band reformed in 2009, initially just to perform live, but new material was eventually released on two subsequent albums, including 2017’s Something Else.”