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Dolores O'Riordan The Cranberries

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

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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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