- The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died suddenly at London Hilton hotel aged 46, publicist confirmed
- Rock star was staying in London while recording and planning to record song with band called the Bad Wolves
- Death came two weeks after she and her boyfriend were pictured on a quiet night in at his place in New York
- Body was discovered when staff at the Hilton on Park Lane in London went into her room thinking it was empty
- Her publicist did not comment on how she died, but said it was ‘sudden’ and that her family are ‘devastated’
- In an interview in Ireland in 2014 she told how she wasn’t going ‘to live that long’ and might not make 50
The lead singer of The Cranberries was found dead by cleaners in her hotel bathroom, it emerged last night.
Dolores O’Riordan’s body was discovered when staff at the Hilton on Park Lane in London went into her room thinking it was empty.
She was pronounced dead at the scene on Monday morning. Scotland Yard initially said her death was ‘unexplained’ but yesterday ruled that it was ‘not suspicious’.
One hotel worker told the Mail yesterday: ‘The people who found her said they found her in the toilet.
‘I think it was the cleaners who had gone in there because there was no activity around the hallway or from the room. They didn’t say how they found her, this has been kept private.’
Another staff member said: ‘They found her in the bathroom. But the staff that found her have not said anything more, so we don’t know if it’s suicide or what.’
In a moving online tribute, the singer’s niece Elaine O’Riordan yesterday told of the family’s ‘shock and sadness’.
Alongside a picture of her aunt, she wrote: ‘Words can’t describe the shock and sadness, we are all feeling. Watch over Dad, Nana and all your brothers and sisters and kids. It’s going to be a very tough road ahead at your loss, we all love you xxx.
‘I’m sure you and granddad will have a great time up in heaven together. Until we meet again xxx. Only one Auntie Lolo, you will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace. Love you xxx Still doesn’t feel real xoxoxo.’
Rockstar Dolores O’Riordan, pictured (left) in her final tweet on January 4 and (right) in 2014, around the time she gave an interview in which she said she feared she would not live to 50
In a moving online tribute, the singer’s niece Elaine O’Riordan yesterday told of the family’s ‘shock and sadness’ (pictured)
Police said O’Riordan was found in a room of the Hilton in Park Lane at 9.05am. The death was not suspicious, police said
It comes as an interview with the star surfaced in which she expressed her desire to come back as an angel after her death to help people.
Asked what she would be reincarnated as, Miss O’Riordan said: ‘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.’
Miss O’Riordan, 46, had been in London to record a cover of The Cranberries’ 1994 hit single Zombie with rock band Bad Wolves. A seething condemnation of the IRA’s 1993 Warrington bomb attack that killed two boys, Zombie won an Ivor Novello award. The band also enjoyed huge success with track Linger.
They split in 2003 before reforming in 2009 and embarking on a reunion tour around America.
The Irish singer suffered with bipolar disorder and depression throughout her career, and US website TMZ yesterday reported friends describing her as ‘dreadfully depressed’ in recent weeks.
But a long-time friend and music producer, who was one of the last people to hear from her, told how she sounded happy and excited in a voicemail message just hours before her death.
Dan Waite, who was involved in the collaboration between her and Bad Wolves, said: ‘She was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals.
‘She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week. The news of her passing is devastating.’ Dave Davies, former guitarist of The Kinks, also said Miss O’Riordan seemed ‘happy and well’ when he spoke to her before Christmas.
Miss O’Riordan’s death came two weeks after her partner and bandmate, New York-based musician Ole Koretsky, posted a picture of them together on his Instagram page with the caption: ‘NYE [New Year’s Eve]: take away, TV, pajamas.’ The couple played together in Miss O’Riordan’s latest band D.A.R.K., and had been seen on nights out in Ireland holding hands over the last two years.
Despite her huge international success with The Cranberries in the 1990s, Limerick-born Miss O’Riordan had a troubled life.
Dolores O’Riordan’s body was discovered when staff at the Hilton on Park Lane in London (right) went into her room thinking it was empty
O’Riordan and her daughter Molly in 2008. She has two other children; a son named Taylor and another daughter called Dakota, as well as a step-son named Donnie
In 2014, she split from husband of 20 years, former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton. They have three children together, Taylor, 20, and daughters Molly, 16, and Dakota, 12, who live with their father in Canada.
She once spoke of a ‘terrible self-loathing’ which had been worsened by her accelerating career and led to anorexia. Miss O’Riordan also suffered with back pain, which caused her to cancel a string of shows in May last year.
Westminster Coroner’s Court said her death is being ‘investigated’ but a post-mortem examination has not yet taken place.
In deeply personal interviews with her friend, journalist Barry Egan, in 2014 she told of her fears that she wouldn’t live into old age.
She said she had to tell herself to slow down and not to feel guilty, adding: ‘Because I am not going to live that long. I’m 43. If I see 50, I’ll be happy. I mean that.’
She made the comments when she was in what Mr Egan described as ‘such a sad state’. Writing in Ireland’s Sunday Independent in 2014, he said he had ‘genuinely feared for her life’.
But, in an insight into her fragile mental state, she had returned to her old self the following month, looking healthy and with her eyes ‘sparkling’, he wrote.
O’Riordan was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015, and has also spoken of struggling with eating disorders, alcoholism, and living with abuse carried out when she was ‘a little girl’.
The singer, pictured with boyfriend Ole Koretsky and their bandmate Andy O’Rourke on January 1, was in band D.A.R.K
Police today confirmed her death at the London’s Park Lane Hilton yesterday was ‘not suspicious’ and is now being looked at by the coroner.
Despite her previous struggles with depression, a producer who was one of the last people to hear from her said she was joking on the phone not long before she was discovered dead.
Local parish priest Father James Walton said the family of the Cranberries singer were ‘clueless and bewildered’ as to the circumstances of her death.
Father James of St Alibe’s Church, where Delores prayed and is to be buried alongside her father’s grave, said her siblings and mother Eileen were ‘devastated.’
He added: ’They have no idea how Delores died. They received a phone call with the news and are in shock. She was here only last week.
‘I visited the family and prayed with two of her brothers. I met Delores when she came to church with her mother.
‘There were no airs or graces about her being a celebrity and all that. ‘She was a perfectly nice woman and blended into the church.’
The 46-year-old was in London to record a cover of Cranberries hit Zombie with hard rock band Bad Wolves and phoned record label boss Dan Waite on Sunday night.
Mr Waite, managing director of record company Eleven Seven Music, said in a statement yesterday: ‘The news that my friend Dolores has passed deeply shocked me. I worked with the Cranberries at Universal Records and have kept in touch ever since.
‘Dolores left me a voice message just after midnight last night stating how much she loved Bad Wolves’ version of Zombie. She was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals.
‘She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week. The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children and her mother.’
His comments chime with those made by Dave Davies, of The Kinks, who said O’Riordan ‘seemed happy and well’ when he spoke to her before Christmas.
Dolores O’Riordan was pictured on a night in with her boyfriend Ole Koretsky less than two weeks before her death yesterday
Record producer Martin ‘Youth’ Glove, who was due to meet Dolores for a recording session the day of her death, said she had been looking forward to it.
‘Well I spoke to her at the weekend, we were confirming that she was coming in Sunday night and that she’d come here about midday, 12:30 on Monday,’ Glove told RTE News.
‘It was good timing for her, it wasn’t going to be stressful. She was coming in the night before and we were both excited about seeing each other again.’
Glove had sent her a text on Monday to see if she was still available to come the recording studio, but never got a response. I kind of actually tidied up the home a bit to get it ready for her.
‘I thought, actually I’ll go out and get some fresh flowers for her, spruce up the studio a bit, she’s probably a bit tired after the flight or something,’ he said, adding that when he was in the flower shop, he received a call from his manager to tell him that Dolores had died.
Speaking about her musical talent, he said: ‘She’s a great writer, full stop and that the bottom line.
‘Not only that, she had something to say about many issues, including politics and she wasn’t afraid to say it, and she said it in a very poetic way.’
Glove claimed that these qualities, along with her ‘utterly breathtakingly beautiful unique voice’, made her a great artist.
‘Not only that, when she came up in the early 90s, there weren’t many female fronted rock groups that were edgy and had something to say and weren’t afraid to say it, so that made her quite special,’ he said, describing her as a ‘small little thing’ with ‘this big voice’.
‘You only realise how special she is now she’s gone.’
The couple, pictured together in May last year, had been dating for two years and played together in the band D.A.R.K.
The couple (pictured last year) first performed together musically in 2009, when they teamed up with Andy O’Rourke to form D.A.R.K.
A standing ovation was held in honour of O’Riordan at a 60th birthday party for Pogues singer Shane Macgowan in Dublin last night.
Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews dedicated her performance of The Broad Majestic Shannon to The Cranberries star and Bono called out ‘Linger’, one of O’Riordan’s songs, after he performed with filmstar Johnny Depp.
Her tragic death came two weeks after her partner and bandmate, New York-based musician Ole Koretsky, posted a photo of them both on his Instagram page with the caption: ‘NYE: take away, TV, pajamas.’
The couple both played in O’Riordan’s latest band D.A.R.K. and have been seen on nights out in Ireland holding hands over the last two years.
Friends of the singer said that she had been ‘dreadfully depressed’ in the weeks before her death, according to TMZ, and that she was also suffering from back pain that had forced her to cancel gigs for much of 2017.
Locals in O’Riordan’s home city of Limerick, Ireland signed a book of condolence which was opened this morning
O’Riordan, who was born in nearby Ballybricken, retained a strong link with the area and regularly returned to visit friends
Hundreds of people from the city queued to sign the special book after it was opened by the mayor this morning
Dolores O’Riordan’s former Principal Aedin Ni Bhriain and some of her pupils were among the first to sign the book today
A steady stream of people have been signing a special book of condolence opened at Limerick City Hall, marking the death of one of the city’s most famous daughters.
One of the first to sign the book was Aedín Ní Bhriain, Principal of Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, where O’Riordan attended and studied music under Orla Colgan, who continues to teach music at the school.
‘Dolores was heavily involved in music in the school and asked the school choir to sing at her wedding when she got married some years later, so she maintained the links with the school,’ said Ms Ní Bhriain.
‘Her photo is (on display) up in the music room. Everyone in the (school) choir got a CD of the wedding, and Dolores was very generous with her time then as well.’
‘She was always proud of her roots, and of Limerick, and of being a past pupil of our school, so we are here today to remember her fabulous talent and express our sympathy with her family.’
O’Riordan’s massive musical legacy is routinely celebrated in music class and her hugely successful music career is a constant inspiration for students.
Stars who gathered at Shane MacGowan’s 60th birthday concert in Dublin last night, including Johnny Depp and Irish President Michael Higgins. O’Riordan was given a standing ovation at the gig
The other members of The Cranberries expressed their devastation at the death of their friend and bandmate in a Twitter post
O’Riordan had three children with ex-husband Don Burton, a former tour manager for Duran Duran to whom she was married for 21 years. Their son Taylor, 20, and daughters Molly, 16, and Dakota, 12, live with their father in Canada.
A statement from her publicist yesterday said: ‘Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old.
‘The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. 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.’
In a tweet, her Cranberries bandmates wrote: ‘We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries.The world has lost a true artist today. Noel, Mike and Fergal.’
O’Riordan, who was born in Limerick, last posted a picture of herself with her cat on Twitter on January 4 with the caption: ‘Bye bye Gio. We’re off to Ireland.’
A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘Police in Westminster are dealing with a sudden death. Officers were called at 9.05am on Monday to a Hotel in Park Lane. A woman in her mid 40s was pronounced dead at the scene. At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained. Enquiries continue.’
Father of Warrington bomb victim praises singer’s ‘majestic’ lyrics in song written about the tragedy
Johnathan Ball (left) and Tim Parry were killed in the IRA’s Warrington bombing in 1993. The tragedy became the subject of the Cranberries song Zombie
The father of one of the Warrington bomb victims has told how he only realised the Cranberries famous song ‘Zombie’ was about the terror attack after singer Dolores O’Riordan died yesterday.
Colin Parry’s 12-year-old son, Tim, was one of two children killed when two IRA bombs detonated in Cheshire in 1993.
The bombing was later the subject of the Cranberries song Zombie, which featured the famous lyrics: ‘Another head hangs lowly, child is slowly taken. And the violence, caused such silence. Who are we mistaken?
‘It’s in your head, they are fighting. With their tanks, and their bombs… in your head, in your head they are crying.’
Reflecting on the song today, Mr Parry told the BBC: ‘Only yesterday did I discover that her group, or she herself, had composed the song in memory of the event in Warrington.
‘The words are both majestic and also very real… to read the words written by an Irish band in such compelling way was very, very powerful.’
The Irish rock star (pictured left in 2012 and right in 2007), who has recently been performing with a band called D.A.R.K, was staying in London while recording
O’Riordan, pictured with her bandmates in 1999, recently told of trouble times she went through and of attempting suicide
The parish priest from O’Riordan’s home town has confirmed her funeral will take place in Ireland, where she will be buried.
Father James Walton, parish priest at Ballybricken & Bohermore Parish, said: ‘I only found out this afternoon. Her family is very devastated and upset.
‘The suddenness of her death has been a shock. I met Dolores two or three times when she was home visiting family. She was a lovely lady. Her family are still waiting for more details to come from London about her death.
‘The plan is for her to be buried here at home. When that will be will depend on when her body is released.’
Bono pays emotional tribute to late Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan with their hit song Linger as Irish music royalty gathers for Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan’s 60th birthday without her
The stars of Irish music gave held a standing ovation in memory of Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan at a concert in Dublin last night.
Musicians and celebrities had gathered at the Irish capital’s National Concert Hall to celebrate the 60th birthday of legendary Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan.
But with so many of the stars having been friends of O’Riordan – and the singer’s death having been announced just hours before – many of those of stage paid tribute to her on an emotional night.
Bono paid a special tribute to her when he appeared on stage with Johnny Depp on guitar at a Shane MacGowan birthday party last night
Bono sang out the word ‘linger’, one of O’Riordan’s famous lyrics, at the end of his performance of A Rainy Night In Soho with filmstar Johnny Depp
Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews dedicated her performance of The Broad Majestic Shannon to O’Riordan, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd.
Bono also sang out the word ‘Linger’, one of O’Riordan’s most famous lyrics, after he performed A Rainy Night In Soho with filmstar Johnny Depp.
Irish folk musician Finbar Fury said of the Cranberries singer: ‘She’ll be missed. She’ll be really missed. A true great.’
The event was attended by Irish President Michael Higgins who earlier in the day had told of his ‘great sadness’ at O’Riordan’s death.
The night was held as a celebration of MacGowan’s music, although tributes were paid to O’Riordan
Sinead O’Connor also attended the event, she is pictured with fellow singer Imelda May. Nick Cave performed with MacGowan
Mr Higgins said:’Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally.
‘I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes.
‘To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts, her death will be a big loss.’
Sinead O’Connor, Imelda May and Glen Hansard all performed at the event, while Cave and MacGowan teamed up for the band’s Summer In Siam.
MacGowan, who has experienced health problems in recent times, was brought on to the stage in his wheelchair where he joined Cave for the duet before embarking on a solo version of Will You Go Lassie Go.
The singer-songwriter was also presented with the National Concert Hall’s lifetime achievement award by Mr Higgins.
A spokeswoman for London Hilton, on Park Lane, said last night: ‘It is with deep regret that we can confirm a guest sadly passed away at the hotel on Monday 15th January. We offer our sincere condolences to their family at this difficult time.
‘Team members acted swiftly to alert the Metropolitan Police and we are cooperating fully with their investigation. All further enquiries should be directed to the police.’
O’Riordan spoke of her struggles with mental health issues in an interview last year.
She told Metro: ‘There are two ends of the spectrum – you can get extremely depressed and dark and lose interest in the things you love to do, then you can get super manic.
‘I was at the hypomanic side of the spectrum on and off for a long period but generally you can only last at that end for around three months before you hit rock bottom and go down into depression.
‘When you’re manic you don’t sleep and get very paranoid. So I’m dealing with it with medication.’
A spokeswoman for London Hilton confirmed the singer was found in one of its rooms and extended its condolences to her family and friends
Video celebrates Cranberries’ influence on Hollywood by showing the many films their songs appeared in
A video posted online shortly after Dolores O’Riordan’s death shows just how big an influence her band’s music had in Hollywood.
The montage, posted online by Hollywood Palms Cinema, shows how the songs became part of a wide range of films.
The clips include the song ‘Dreams’ in 1998 film You’ve Got Mail, ‘Linger’ in 2006 movie Flick starring Adam Sandler and the song ‘Away’ in 1995 film Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone.
It’s inaccurate to say The Cranberries were on *every* movie/TV soundtrack from the 90s, but they were certainly on a lot of them – their music appeared in hundreds of shows and films. Here’s a taste of just a few moments Dolores O’Riordan made all the more memorable. pic.twitter.com/9cTRlREjKc
— Hollywood Palms Cinema (@HollywoodPalms) January 15, 2018
The Cranberries last released an album in early 2017, but a US and European tour was cancelled in July due to health reasons concerning O’Riordan.
In a statement, the band explained that she was suffering from an ‘ongoing back problem’ and that doctors had advised her to pull out of all her upcoming gigs.
On December 20 O’Riordan tweeted from the band’s official account, writing: ‘Hi All, Dolores here. Feeling good!
‘I did my first bit of gigging in months at the weekend, performed a few songs at the Billboard annual staff holiday party in New York with the house band. Really enjoyed it! Happy Christmas to all our fans!! Xo’
O’Riordan split from her husband of 20 years, the former tour manager of Duran Duran, Don Burton, in 2014.
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 was ordered to pay €6,000 to charity for headbutting, kicking, hitting and spitting on police officers following an alleged air rage incident.
The singer had previously admitted three assaults and obstructing a police officer after being taken off an Aer Lingus flight from New York’s JFK to Ireland on November 10, 2014.
Medical reports produced for the trial at Ennis District Court revealed she had been suffering from mania, mental illness and severely impaired judgment at the time of the incident, and that she remembered nothing about it.
O’Riordan was mother to son Taylor and daughters Molly and Dakota.
Members of The Cranberries hold O’Riordan and pose for a group photo at the 13th Annual MTV Video Music Awards in September 1996
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins led tributes to the singer, saying: ‘It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, musician, singer and songwriter.
‘Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally.
‘I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes.
‘To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.’
Formed in Limerick, Ireland, The Cranberries became international stars in the 1990s with hits including Zombie and Linger.
The band split up in 2003 but reunited several years later, last releasing the acoustic album Something Else in 2017.
‘At home I’m a house-keeper and a mum. The kids are, like, ‘What’s for dinner? Where are my clothes?’. On tour it’s, like: ‘room-service’,’ she said of the comeback.
O’Riordan, from Friarstown, Kilmallock, Co Limerick, became a multi award-winning musician after becoming lead singer of the band when she was just 18 and went on to sell tens of millions of records.
‘She seemed happy and well’: Stars pay tribute to singer Dolores O’Riordan after she dies ‘unexpectedly’
James Corden and Duran Duran are among the stars to pay tribute to The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan.
Comedian and TV star Corden said he met the singer when he was 15.
‘She was kind and lovely,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘I got her autograph on my train ticket and it made my day. She had the most amazing voice and presence. So sorry to hear that she’s passed away today x.’
Duran Duran said they were ‘crushed to hear the news. Our thoughts go out to her family at this terrible time,’ they added.
Dave Davies of The Kinks shared a picture of himself with O’Riordan.
He said: ‘I’m really shocked that #DoloresORiordan has passed so suddenly – I was talking to her a couple weeks before Christmas she seemed happy and well – we even spoke about maybe writing some songs together – unbelievable God bless her.’
US singer Josh Groban tweeted: ‘Nooooo!! Have always adored her songs and voice.’
Stars including Beverley Knight, Ronan Keating and Brian McFadden expressed their sadness at the sudden death
O’Riodan is seen on stage with The Cranberries in Paris in 2010 (left). Shown right, she is seen on her wedding day in 1994 with husband Don Burton (right)
Duran Duran wrote on Twitter: ‘We are crushed to hear the news about the passing of Dolores O’Riordan. Our thoughts go out to her family at this terrible time.’
The Cranberries and D.A.R.K front woman had been rehearsing in Limerick venue Dolan’s Warehouse last month, and had been planning a home town gig, staff said.
A book of condolence is expected to open from 10am, Tuesday morning, at Limerick City and County Council’s headquarters at Merchants Quay.
Local singer songwriter Brian O’Connor, who passed on his ‘sympathies’ to O’Riordan’s family and her band mates, said he was ‘in total shock’ at news of her death.
O’Connor, a friend of Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan, described O’Riordan as ‘an icon’ in the music industry.
Paying tribute, he remembered first meeting O’Riordan in the early 1990s, whilst she attended her debut recording sessions with The Cranberries at Xeric Studios, Limerick, run by the bands former manager Pearse Gilmore.
‘I knew Dolores in the early days. I remember her being in the recording studio and she was obsessed with instruments and music. I can’t believe it. It’s absolutely shocking,’ O’Connor said.
‘It’s just a terrible shock. She was a fantastic talent. In fact, she was a great great iconic figure in Irish music, no doubt about it,’ he said.
‘She put Limerick on the map. She was a very distinctive singer, more so than anyone else. Just imagine U2 without Bono. I feel for her band mates, but it’s worse for her family and her kids.’
O’Connor added: ‘She was the most iconic Irish singer ever, I think… You can name them all from John McCormack. When you travel abroad and you hear ‘Zombie’ and ‘Dreams’ and ‘Linger’ — that’s Ireland, that’s Limerick. Those songs are played everywhere you go in the world.’
O’Riordan grew up in the tranquil rural townland of Ballybricken, 17 kilometres from Limerick city. She she also lived in Patrickswell.
Dolores O’Riordan performs onstage in San Francisco, California, USA in December 1993
The close-knit community of Ballybricken were rallying around O’Riordan’s ‘devastated’ mother Eileen, and her six siblings. O’Riordan’s father Terry passed away after battling illness in 2011.
It’s expected the Limerick rock star’s remains will be flown home to Ballybricken for burial, however no funeral plans have been formalised.
Brigid Teefy, a family friend, who lives in Ballybricken, and is a local Independent councillor, was in deep shock at hearing of O’Riordan’s sudden death.
‘Oh my God, it’s just unbelievable. It’s a huge shock for is all here. Dolores was such a talented lady. We are all very proud of her,’ Teefy said.
‘Dolores was very close with her mother and family. It’s a massive massive shock. She did so well. She was unbelievable.’
Teefy added: ‘Dolores would come and go here all the time. She had been home very regularly. She was world famous but she was always very grounded and very attached to her native place. She was allowed to be herself here.’
Formed in Limerick, Ireland, The Cranberries (pictured in 1999) became international stars in the 1990s with hits including Zombie and Linger
Teefy said that, despite O’Riordan’s fame, she never had bodyguards or security with her when she travelled back to Ballybricken: ‘She would always be out running and jogging. She could be herself around here. She was simply Dolores to everybody here. She never had any security with her; She was lovely.’
Passing on her ‘deepest sympathy to Dolores’ own children, her mother, and her while family’, Teefy added. ‘It’s hard to take it in’.
O’Riordan was also a regular on the jogging trails along the Condell Road in Limerick city, despite being an international music star.
She had rehearsed in Limerick music venue Dolans Warehouse a month ago and was planning to play there soon, staff said.
O’Riordan’s new music project D.A.R.K had to cancel their first ever Limerick gig at Dolans in 2016, citing O’Riordan’s ongoing battle with back pain.
Neil Dolan, son of owner Mick Dolan, said everyone at the venue was ‘devastated’.
‘She brought Limerick to a global stage, and to the forefront of world music. She was an exceptional talent,’ he said.She was rehearsing here a month ago. It’s very very sad. She seemed a very nice lady.’
‘She wanted to do a home town gig, but it didn’t materialise because of her back problems. She was meant to do a gig here with D.A.R.K, but couldn’t, because of back problems so they had to cancel.’
‘Apparently she had a serious back injury. A lot of her European tour dates were cancelled at the time. The last two years of her life, I’d imagine, she was living in a lot of (back) pain.’
Dolan added: ‘She’s been a superstar since she was a kid. She was quite a private person.’
Dolores O’Riordan poses with her European Border Breakers Award in 2008, following the release of her solo album Are You Listening?
Limerick Metropolitan Mayor, Sean Lynch, a former detective who helped put behind bars some of Limerick’s most motorists hardened criminals, said he was so shaken by O’Riordan’s death could not bring himself to attend a meeting on the future of policing in the region being held this evening at Thomond Park, the home of Munster rugby.
‘I’m absolutely (shocked)…I couldn’t go to the meeting. I can’t get over it. I’m totally shocked,’ Lynch said.
‘She lived in Patrickswell as a young girl. I wanted to give her a mayoral reception before I ended my tenure. I’m sitting in my car and I just can’t believe it. It’s such a sad sad story. She put Limerick on the world stage. Poor Dolores,’ he added.
Paying tribute Lynch said O’Riordan ‘never ever forgot her roots’.
‘She was Limerick through and through. This is as sad as it gets. She was an icon.’
Lynch said he admired O’Riordan for many reasons, especially for her strong character.
‘She was great role model for all women. I’m sure she opened the doors for females to take a lead role in (rock) bands, as well as in business. She was bold and tough in an era when the lead singer of a band was nearly always male.’
‘She was class act. She was unique…She had a unique voice. She had a great story in everything she sung; She was magic.’
‘My deepest sympathies go to her family. What a loss to Limerick, what a loss to Ireland. We won’t see the likes of her again,’ Lynch said.
Family friend, Canon Liam McNamara, who was a co-celebrant at Dolores’ 1994 wedding to 80s rock group tour manager Don Burton in Holycross Abbey, Co Tipperary, told the Limerick Leader newspaper: ‘My heart goes out to the family. Dolores was their pride and joy. We all loved her very, very much.”She got on well all the way through her life. I was very disappointed to hear today that she has left us so early in life. Her family did so much for her and supported her all the way through,’ added Canon McNamara, who also officiated at the funeral Mass of Dolores’ father Terry in Ballybricken in 2011.
Fr James Walton, priest in Dolores’ home parish of Ballybricken, expressed his deepest sympathies to the family.
‘I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the family. I am just going down to meet the family now,’ Fr Walton told the Leader.
The singer rose to fame in the 1990s with the indie band, most famous for their song Zombie
Troubled life of singer who was sexually assaulted as ‘a little girl’, suffered mid-air meltdown and admitted she was ‘an accident waiting to happen’
Born and raised in County Limerick, Dolores O’Riordan was still in her teens when she answered an advert for a female singer for a rock band called The Cranberry Saw Us.
Having written her own songs since she was 12, she tried out for the group by showing off both her lilting vocals and her ability to pen melodies and words for their demos.
Existing members Mike and Noel Hogan and Fergal Lawler snapped her up and together they became The Cranberries, increasingly becoming known for O’Riordan’s distinctive wailing voice.
One of the demos she had worked on for her audition was Linger, which gave The Cranberries a number three hit in Ireland in 1993 and proved to be their breakthrough track. More success followed with songs such as Salvation and Zombie, which scooped a coveted Ivor Novello Award.
They unveiled their debut studio album – entitled Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? – in 1993 and it topped the charts.
The singer, pictured in 2000, had continued to perform with other bands since the Cranberries
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 international rock band. To date the group has sold over 40 million records.
But by 2003 it was time for a change and the band announced they were taking some time off to pursue other opportunities.
O’Riordan seized the opportunity to pursue a solo career and released the albums Are You Listening? (2007) and No Baggage (2009).
But while her musical ventures thrived, the singer was battling depression and mental health troubles in her personal life.
In an interview in 2013 she said she had been abused as a child which she said later led to an eating disorder and a breakdown.
‘I had anorexia, then depression, a breakdown,’ she said. ‘I knew why I hated myself. I knew why I loathed myself. I knew why I wanted to make myself disappear.’
O’Riordan married Don Burton, the former tour manager of Duran Duran, in 1994 and they had three children.
Her family, she said, were her ‘salvation’.
But there was more heartbreak ahead, with the singer losing her beloved father in 2011 and her marriage coming to an end in 2014.
Two years later O’Riordan was ordered to pay 6,000 euro to charity for headbutting, kicking, hitting and spitting on police officers following an alleged air rage incident.
The singer had previously admitted three assaults and obstructing a garda after being taken off an Aer Lingus flight from New York’s JFK to Ireland in November 2014.
O’Riordan’s publicist did not comment on how she died, other than it say it was ‘sudden’ and that her family are ‘devastated’
Medical reports produced for the trial at Ennis District Court revealed she had been suffering from mania, mental illness and severely impaired judgement at the time of the incident, and that she remembered nothing about it.
Last year she revealed she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015.
She told Metro: ‘There are two ends of the spectrum – you can get extremely depressed and dark and lose interest in the things you love to do, then you can get super manic.
‘I was at the hypomanic side of the spectrum on and off for a long period but generally you can only last at that end for around three months before you hit rock bottom and go down into depression. When you’re manic you don’t sleep and get very paranoid.’
The star said she was dealing with it with medication.
In another revealing interview O’Riordan told the Irish News that depression ‘whatever the cause, is one of the worst things to go through’, but that her family had given her happiness.
‘I’ve also had a lot of joy in my life, especially with my children,’ she said. ‘You get ups as well as downs. Sure isn’t that what life’s all about?’