That yodel propelled these Irish musicians from Limerick into global fame in the 1990’s. There was, and still isn’t, anything like the voice of Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries. She was in London on Monday for a brief recording session when she was unexpectedly found dead in her hotel room, according to her publicist. At this time, the local police are reporting O’Riordan’s death is not suspicious.
The Cranberries hit fame with songs like Linger, Dream and the politically charged track Zombie about the violent history between the Irish and the British and the effects it had on generations of children. In 2007, O’Riordan dived into her solo album Are You Sleeping? Then in 2009 she reunited with The Cranberries. 2017 saw the release of The Cranberries’ most popular hits in acoustic form on the album titled Something Else. They were set to tour in that same year, but O’Riordan’s chronic back pain caused many dates to be canceled.
On Twitter, O’Riordan’s family released through her publicist a statement that said they are “devastated” and are asking for privacy.
She was the youngest of seven children. She started in songwriting at the tender age of 12. This group started out The Cranberry Saw Us. When she joined they turned into The Cranberries. She earned her way into the band by writing the hit song and lyrics to Linger. This drew the eye of the press and a bidding war for the rights to the band’s work. In the beginning O’Riordan was known to stand sideways to the audience. The reason? She was shy. The Cranberries had a cult following for a lengthy period until they hit MTV. This was followed by the number one hit Zombie that gave birth to their triple platinum success.
O’Riordan was just 46.
Linger: Lyrics and Song by Dolores O'Riordan / The Cranberries