The Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Died and Cause of Death Is Finally Explained (Video)


The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died in January but no cause of death has been announced at that time. O’Riordan, who had to cancel a tour with a reunited Cranberries in 2017 because of a back problem, had been in London for a recording session.

Mystery solved 

Today it became official that the lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries died in January by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, an inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court heard, according to Britain’s Press Association.

The death of O’Riordan at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in London was an accident, coroner Shirley Radcliffe ruled at Westminster Coroner’s Court, PA reported.

O’Riordan, who was 46 when she died was found in the bath in her hotel room, PA said Thursday. Five miniature bottles and a bottle of champagne were found in the room along with containers of prescription drugs with a number of tablets inside, according to PA.

Toxicology tests found O’Riordan had “therapeutic” amounts of medication in her blood, but more than four times the legal alcohol limit for driving.

Earlier, the statement described the death as sudden as well, and added: “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

A Metropolitan police statement also confirmed the news, and that O’Riordan’s body was found at a Park Lane hotel.

“At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained,” the statement read.

Dolores O'Riordan


A spokeswoman for the London Hilton on Park Lane said: “It is with deep regret that we can confirm a guest sadly passed away at the hotel on Monday 15 January. We offer our sincere condolences to their family at this difficult time.”



Life and Career

  • O’Riordan was married to Don Burton, the former tour manager of Duran Duran, and had three children: Taylor Baxter, Molly Leigh, and Dakota Rain. The couple divorced in 2014.
  • She fronted The Cranberries for 13 years. Their most popular songs are “Linger” and “Zombie”.
  • Together, the band released five albums: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993), No Need to Argue (1994), To the Faithful Departed (1996), Bury the Hatchet(1999), and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (2001). They split in 2003, and briefly reunited in 2009.
  • In an interview in 2013, she said that she had been abused as a child, which led to her developing an eating disorder, and eventually she suffered a breakdown.
  • Dolores also released two solo albums between 2003 and 2009 while the band was on an extended hiatus.

Authority’s reaction 

The sudden death of Dolores O’Riordan became a real shock for her fans and fellow musicians. Here are how they reacted on social media:





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The Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan Died and Cause of Death Is Finally Explained (Video)

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