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Cranberries Frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan's Death Is Not Suspicious, Police Rules

 

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The police ruled the death of The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan as non-suspicious a day after she was found lifeless in a hotel.

No Foul Play

A spokesperson for London's Metropolitan Police clarified on Tuesday, Jan. 16, that they found no evidence of foul play. O'Riordan, 46 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene and her next of kin has already been informed. The case will be handed next to a coroner to determine the cause of her death.

The '90s music icon was in London to record vocals for a cover of their hit 1994 single "Zombie."

O'Riordan has been suffering from physical and mental health problems for years. Last year, The Cranberries had to cancel a concert tour because the singer was experiencing back problems. She has also previously spoken about her battles with depression and bipolar disorder.

However, Dan Waite of Eleven Seven, a London-based music label, and a friend of O'Riordan said that the popular band vocalist left him a voice message before her death saying that she was looking forward to the recording.

"She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week," he stated. "The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don [Burton], her ex-husband, her children and her mother."

On Monday, Jan. 15, O'Riordan died suddenly due to an unknown cause inside her hotel room in London. Lindsay Holmes, her publicist, confirmed the singer's death in a statement on the band's social media page.

 

Outpouring Of Love

Immediately after news about the The Cranberries' lead singer died, fellow musicians, celebrities, and fans from all over the world have expressed sadness and condolences for the passing of a music legend. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar issued a statement praising O'Riordan's influence.

"For so many of us, especially those of us who grew up in the 1990s, she was the voice of a generation. And no matter where you were in the world in recent times it wouldn't take long before you heard a Cranberries song on the radio, even in the most far-flung places in the world," he said. "She blazed a trail across the world with her unique voice and also her talents in songwriting and our thoughts are with her, her family, her friends and people of Limerick in particular."

Meanwhile, Bono paid tribute to O'Riordan during the 60th birthday celebration of Pogues' Shane MacGowan. The singer performed The Cranberries hit "Linger" with actor Johnny Depp on the guitars.

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