International music star and former lead singer of 90’s rock fixtures The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, died suddenly today of causes yet to be revealed. Blessed with an unmistakably powerful voice and a sense of lyricism to match, O’Riordan was the voice brought us mega hits such as “Linger,” “Dreams,” “Zombie,” and many others during her explosive tenure with the Cranberries. The music world is stricken with grief as tributes to O’Riordan pour out from some of its best-known figures. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family and loved ones as they endeavor to get through this tragically painful ordeal.
O’Riordan was in London for a brief recording session when she died. The Cranberries had to cancel various 2017 tour dates due to O’Riordan’s health issues. The band said the nature of the illness was a back problem. O’Riordan had been previously diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. She was not even 20 years old when she answered an ad posted by founding Cranberries members and brothers Mike and Noel Hogan. Less than four years later, she lent her distinct and sonorous voice to hit track “Linger” which propelled their album Everybody Else’s Doing It, So Why Can’t We? to mainstream success.
As the details surrounding O’Riordan’s death continue to unfold, one thing that will remain unchanged is her rich and undeniable legacy in the pop music landscape and the indelible hole she’s left in the music landscape the hearts of those she’s left. A one-of-a-kind voice who wrote poignantly of love, conflict, spirituality and morality in equal measure. She leaves behind a loving family, legions of devoted fans, dedicated musical collaborators and an ensured place in the international and American musical songbooks. Recovery Unplugged would like to reiterate our sincerest and most profound condolences to O’Riordan’s friends and family, and encourages all to keep The Cranberries on heavy rotation for the next few weeks.