Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan passes away at age 46

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Dolores O’Riordan, who has been the lead singer for the Cranberries sine 1990, has died unexpectedly at age 46, according to her publicist.

Per the BBC, O’Riordan’s publicist said in a statement, “The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time. It added: “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

Born on September 6, 1971 in Limerick, Ireland, O’Riordan joined The Cranberries in 1990. The band went on to have a breakout album with 1993’s Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? which produced the hits “Dreams,” and “Linger,” and sold over 5 million copies in the U.S. alone. The follow-up album, No Need To Argue, sold around 17 million copies worldwide and produced hits with “Zombie,” “Ode to My Family,” and “I Can’t Be With You.”

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The Cranberries went on to release three more albums (To the Faithful Departed, Bury the Hatchet, and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee) before going on hiatus. They returned in 2012 with Roses and in 2017 with Something Else. The band had to cancel a tour in 2017 due to O’Riordan struggling with back problems.

O’Riordan also released two solo albums: 2007’s Are You Listening? and 2009’s No Baggage.

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