Dolores O'Riordan, Cranberries' lead singer, dies aged 46

Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan performs during the European Border Breakers awards or EBBA awards in Cannes southern France. AP

The Cranberries singer's sudden death at a London hotel is not being treated as suspicious and an investigation is being carried out by the Westminster coroner. "The words are both majestic and also very real".

O'Riordan's unexpected death has led to a surge in sales of The Cranberries' back catalogue. Touring in England at the time, the Cranberries digested the news and wrote "Zombie", their protest song. On iTunes' top downloaded songs in Ireland yesterday, the band occupied nine of the top 10 spots, while in the album charts, they had the top four places.

Successful follow ups No Need To Argue and To the Faithful Departed came in 1994 and 1996, cementing the band's status as a mainstream global rock band.

The global band topped charts worldwide with other songs and albums, many of which we haven't heard in a long time, some, for those of us in the USA, never.

But by 2003 it was time for a change and the band announced they were taking some time off to pursue other opportunities. During that break Ms O'Riordan released two solo albums. (2007) and No Baggage (2009).




"I think I'll probably come back as an angel and I'd like to guide people or guard people going through similar experiences in life, whisper in their ear and kind of give them ideas on how to deal with things", she continued.

In February 2016 O'Riordan said she would use "music, dancing and performing to improve her mental health" after avoiding a criminal conviction for assault at an airport.

She struggled at times with the band's success, dropping out of a tour in 1996 citing exhaustion and disillusionment and later leaving her native Ireland for several years to avoid the spotlight. "Our love to the band & to her family & fans".

But there was more heartbreak ahead, with the singer losing her father in 2011 and her marriage coming to an end in 2014. When police were arresting her after landing, she resisted, headbutting one and spitting at another.

In November 2014, O'Riordan was arrested and charged in connection with air rage on an Aer Lingus flight from NY to Shannon, Ireland. A 46-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. "My prayers are with her family and loved ones". "You wonder, 'How can anyone get satisfaction in any way, you know?'"

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