Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan cause of death confirmed as drowning

6 September 2018, 15:21

Dolores O'Riordan
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By Tom Eames

"Dolores will live on eternally in her music..."

Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, an inquest has revealed.

The Irish singer died suddenly on January 15, and was found in the bath in her room at the Park Lane Hilton hotel. She was 46-years-old.

During an inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court, the coroner said she had no injuries or evidence of self harm. Coroner Shirley Radcliffe ruled that O’Riordan’s death was an accident.

The news is announced on what would have been her 47th birthday (September 6).

“On January 15th 2018, we lost our dear friend and bandmate Dolores O’Riordan,” the surviving Cranberries said in a statement. “Today we continue to come to terms with what happened.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dolores’ children and her family, and our thoughts are with them today.”

They continued: “Dolores will live on eternally in her music. To see how much of a positive impact she had on people’s lives has been a source of great comfort to us. We’d like to say thank you to all of our fans for the outpouring of messages and their continued support during this difficult time.

“We request, please, for privacy at this time.”

A mother-of-three from Kilmallock, Dolores fronted the Cranberries from 1990 to 2003, and from when they reunited six years later.

The band had huge global successes, with singles ‘Linger’ and ‘Zombie’ being certified silver and gold in the UK respectively.