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The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Dies Suddenly At 46

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Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish alternative rock band The Cranberries, died "suddenly" at the age of 46.

The band posted a brief statement on Facebook acknowledging the singer's death. O'Riordan was reportedly in London for a recording session when she died.

"No further details are available at this time," the statement continues. "Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

O'Riordan last posted on social media on Jan. 3, reports People. She shared an image on Instagram of her holding her cat, Gio, and captioned the photo: "Bye bye Gio. We're off to Ireland."

It was reported that O'Riordan suffered from a "severe mental illness" following a violent altercation on an airplane in 2014, according to The Irish Times. In 2017, The Cranberries canceled performances in Europe and North America due to her health.

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O'Riordan first joined The Cranberries in 1990 in Limerick, Ireland. The band subsequently became one of the most influential alternative rock groups of the 1990s. The band's signature hits include "Zombie," "Linger" and "Dreams."

Several musicians took to social media to express their appreciation for O'Riordian.

"My first time hearing Dolores O’Riordan’s voice was unforgettable," wrote fellow Irish singer Hozier on Twitter. "It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I’d never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family."

Other celebrities and bands honoring the singer include Josh Groban, Duran Duran, James Corden and Kodaline, according to HuffPost. Irish President Michael D. Higgins, also paid tribute to the star.

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“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, musician, singer and songwriter," Higgins announced in a statement. "Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally ... To her family and all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss."

The Kinks guitarist Dave Davies remarked that he'd just seen O'Riordian a few weeks before Christmas 2017.

"She seemed happy and well -- we even spoke of maybe writing some songs together," he said on Twitter. "Unbelievable God bless her."

On Dec. 20, 2017, O'Riordan herself announced on Facebook that she was "feeling good" and returning to performing for the first time in several months, The Irish Times reports.

London police confirmed that "a woman in her mid-forties" was pronounced dead in a hotel room shortly after 9  a.m.

People reports O'Riordan is survived by a 20-year-old son and two daughters, aged 16 and 12.

Sources: People, The Irish Times, HuffPost, The Cranberries/Facebook, President of Ireland, Hozier/Twitter, Dave Davies/Twitter / Featured Image: Eva Rinaldi/Flickr / Embedded Images: Eva Rinaldi/Flickr, Dolitsa/Wikimedia Commons

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