Cranberries, U2 Lead Tributes to Dolores O’Riordan

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Dolores O’Riordan in a photo posted on her Facebook page in 2009

Dolores O’Riordan, the singer and longtime frontwoman of the Irish rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly Monday morning (Jan. 15). O’Riordan was in London for a recording session. The singer, with the remarkable voice, was just 46.

On Monday evening, the band’s guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler wrote on their Facebook page: “We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. 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.”

Fellow Irish rockers U2 wrote on their Facebook page: “The band are floored but it’s of course her family we’re all thinking of right now. Out of the West came this storm of a voice – she had such strength of conviction yet she could speak to the fragility in all of us. Limerick’s ‘Bel canto’.” Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry.

O’Riordan was married to Duran Duran tour manager, Don Burton, for 20 years and had three children.


Michael Stipe wrote on R.E.M.’s Facebook page: “We are all saddened to hear the news. Dolores was a brilliant and generous spirit with a quick humor and a stunning voice. Our love to the band and to her family and fans.”
-Michael Stipe & the whole of R.E.M. and REMHQ




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