The Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan was found dead in a hotel in London. She was 46. The band confirmed she had been in London for a ‘short recording session’.
Although for now the police says that her death is being treated as ‘unexplained’, the British media underlined that she used to suffer depression and bipolar disorder.
“Police in Westminster are dealing with a sudden death. Officers were called at 09.05hrs on Monday, 15 January to a hotel in Park Lane. A woman in her mid 40s was pronounced dead at the scene. At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained. Inquiries continue,” a Metropolitan Police spokesman said, as quoted by Daily Mirror.
The band – who have sold 40 million records with hits including Zombie and Linger – said her family is ‘devastated’ by the loss.
“No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time,” the group posted Facebook.
Dolores led a tragically troubled life, suffering from anorexia, bipolar disorder and a string of breakdowns as a result of being sexually abused when she was just eight.
In 2014 she told the Belfast Telegraph the abuse left her with a “terrible self-loathing” and admitted that she “tried to overdose” in 2013. “It manifested itself in my behaviour and the pathologies I began to develop in my early adult life, such as my eating disorder, depression and eventually the breakdowns.”
Of her suicide attempt, she added: “I tried to overdose last year…I suppose I am meant to stay here for the kids.”
Dolores O’Riordan was married to Don Burton, the former tour manager of Duran Duran from 1994 to 2014. The couple had three children.