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Obituary – Dolores O’Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan (46), who headed the Irish alt-rock foursome , The Cranberries, was pronounced dead in a hotel on Park Lane, London at 9:05 on Monday morning. Her tragic death, at this stage, is unexplained, leaving fans and family members devastated at the shock news.

The rock world took another tragic loss today, Dolores O’Riordan is one of the genre’s truly inimitable voices of the last 30 years. Not just because of her intimate song writing style, but through articulating seemingly inexpressible emotions with her powerful voice. A fine example is The Cranberries 1992 single, ‘Dreams’ which exemplifies true artistic genius as it misses a chorus, which when accompanied by the dramatic breaks throughout the single, truly accentuate the lyrics themselves, which, might I add, are beautifully delivered by O’Riordan herself.

It would be hard to quantify O’Riordan’s influence on the 20th Century British music scene, but it is obvious that the impact is huge, with her gift for blending stunning strength with fragility. Many have recognised this, with heartfelt messages across all media from the scene’s greatest. Dave Davies (The Kinks) stated he was “shocked”, adding that before Christmas she seemed, “happy and well”. In continuation, Irish rock band Kodaline were one of the first to pay their respects and condolences to the bereaved family of Dolores O’Riordan, adding that The Cranberries had given them “their first big support”. Such statements just prove the immense impact that The Cranberries had on music over the past 30 years, not only creating a unique sound for themselves but aiding others to reach aspirations similar or higher than theirs.

The Cranberries on the back of their 1993 album release, “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” kicked off their international fame, leading to a career selling over 40 million records worldwide. After their 90’s success, in 2003 the band took a break, until 2009 where they started afresh, playing numerous gigs worldwide. This culminated in their 2017 album, “Something else”, proving that they are up there with the rock scene’s greatest.

In 2017 The Cranberries released a further tour, including dates in Europe, the UK and the US, however in May, it was called off due to O’Riordan’s poor health conditions. Yet, she posted on the Cranberries official Facebook page alerting fans of her revitalised state, and the prospect of more shows to come. Hence, why it comes as such a shock, to her the tragic news of her passing.