Like so many talented musicians and artists in recent years, it appears that Dolores O’Riordan, long-time lead singer of the Irish rock group The Cranberries, may have intentionally ended her own life. At this time, however, it is worthy to note that law enforcement involved with the case say that her death is being treated as undetermined. Depression And Alcoholism
According to The Daily Mail, friends of the singer say that she was “dreadfully depressed” in the days prior to her sudden death on January 15th at age 46. She was discovered around 9:00 a.m. at a Hilton hotel room in Park Lane where she was staying while recording in London. Her publicist describes her death as sudden, and that her family is devastated.
O’Riodan made an attempt at suicide in 2013, and in 2014, she was involved in an incident of “air rage” on a flight from New York back to her home country of Ireland. In 2016, she publicly stated that she had been battling mental illness, including depression, for much of her career.
In 2015, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and also reported suffering from alcoholism, anorexia, and childhood trauma in the form of abuse and the recent death of her father. At that time, she had also split from her husband of 20 years and was residing in Ireland with their three children.
Most recently, tour dates had been cancelled due to O’Riordan’s complaints of chronic back pain.
About The Cranberries
In the mid-1990’s, The Cranberries had a string of hits, beginning with “Linger” in 1993, which reached #8 in the United States and #14 in Britain. It was a very influential hit at the time, a hauntingly beautiful ballad that was endearing to many, especially those of us experiencing our teenage or college years.
Her vocal accent, not unlike Sinead O’Connor, was unmistakably Irish, with a subtle “yodeling” quality to it. They ended up recorded four successful albums between 1993-1999. Other hits included “Dreams” and the politically-charged “Zombie.”
Since O’Riordan’s death on January 15th, the group has experienced a huge surge in album and digital song sales. According to Nielsen Music, The Cranberries’ total music sales grew 11,094% as compared to the previous day (Jan. 14).
In Loving Memory of Dolores O’Riodan (September 6, 1971 – January 15, 2018)