Dolores O'Riordan, born Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan in Ballybricken, Republic of Ireland, and lead singer of the band The Cranberries, has passed away at the age of 46.
O'Riordan died suddenly from an unknown cause in London on Monday, Jan. 15. According to reports, the singer had been in London for a short recording session. Lindsey Holmes, O'Riordan's publicist, confirmed the singer's death in a statement posted on the band's official Facebook page.
"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," Holmes said.
Other members of The Cranberries — Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergus Lawler — took to the band's Twitter page to express their devastation at their friend and band mate's passing. They said the world has lost a true artist who was an "extraordinary talent." O'Riordan's bandmates also expressed their privilege to have worked with the singer when they started The Cranberries.
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
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) January 15, 2018
O'Riordan was found unresponsive at the Hilton Hotel in London's Park Lane, where she was staying as a guest. The Metropolitan Police force said that they received a call shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday about a woman in her 40s who was found dead. The officers have yet to reveal the cause of death, but until such time, they have ruled her death as "unexplained."
O'Riordan's funeral will take place in Limerick, the parish priest from her hometown recently confirmed. Fr. James Walton, the parish priest at Ballybricken and Bohermore Parish, expressed his condolences to the late singer's family, saying that her family is upset and devastated. He also expressed his shock at her sudden passing, admitting that he only found out about the singer's death in the afternoon. He also recalled meeting the singer two or three times when she was home visiting her family. Father Walton remembered O'Riordan as 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," Father Walton said.
The singer and songwriter is survived by her ex-husband, Don Burton, and their three children Taylor Baxter, Molly Leigh, and Dakota Rain. O'Riordan married Burton, the manager for the band Duran Duran, in 1994, and the couple was together for 20 years before they divorced in 2014.