Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer for the Irish group The Cranberries, suddenly died on Monday, according to her publicist.
The 46-year-old singer and her group shot to worldwide stardom as one of the most popular bands of the 1990’s. Her bandmates took to Twitter saying, “We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores.” They continued by adding, “She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today.”
O’Riordan was in a London hotel at the time of her death. According to her publicist, she was there “for a short recording session.”
The Cranberries are one of the most successful bands ever to come out of Ireland, selling more than 40 million albums worldwide and creating hits like “Zombie” and “Linger.”
Irish President Michael Higgins join in condolences with fans saying, “To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.”
O’Riordan leaves behind her ex-husband, former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton, and three children, Taylor Baxter, Molly Leigh and Dakota Rain, according to The Irish Times.