Yesterday, news came to light that Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the beloved 90s band The Cranberries, died suddenly at the age of 46.
The body of the Irish singer was discovered at 9:05 am in a Hilton’s Park Lane Hotel in London where she was staying while recording new material with the band Bad Wolves. According to the Metropolitan Police, her death is currently being treated as “unexplained”. Of course, we won’t know for sure how exactly she succumbed to her untimely death until the autopsy reports are published. However, her friends have previously described the singer as “dreadfully depressed” and in 2013, it was reported that she had attempted suicide.
O’Riordan’s friend, Dan Waite, the last person she spoke to, said that the musician sounded vibrant and “full of life” when she left him a voicemail just after midnight on the day she died. Dan Waite is the international managing director of the record company Eleven Seven Music. He and the ‘Linger’ singer were working with Bad Wolves on their upcoming album but they had actually been friends for years. O’Riordan had called him very early on a Monday, then left a voicemail when he didn’t pick up. In a statement released today, Waite has revealed that his late friend seemed full of excitement on the voicemail:
“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.”
Sadly, today was supposed to be the day that O’Riordan and Bad Wolves would record a new version of her critically acclaimed hit ‘Zombie’. The band have now released a statement explaining their shock and sadness upon learning about O’Riordan’s death:
“We are shocked and saddened at the news of Dolores’s passing, mere hours before she was to record vocals on our upcoming version of Zombie. We have always had deep respect for her as an artist and a vocalist and she was never afraid to bare her soul in her music and lyrics.”
“Our hearts are broken that we were not able to see this collaboration through and our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends, loved ones and fans in Ireland and around the globe. We hope we can still make her proud by sharing our version of Zombie with the world.”
O’Riordan’s bandmates tweeted their fans shortly after her death and spoke of the privilege they felt that she had entered into their lives. Dolores O’Riordan was a true star. With hits like ‘Zombie’, ‘Linger’ and ‘Dreams’, there is no doubt her voice and contibutions will leave a long-lasting legacy in the world of music. We offer our sincerest condolences to O’Riordan’s friends, family, and loved ones.