Fans of 1990s rock group The Cranberries are mourning the loss of a lead singer whose life, in her own words, was full of “ups as well as downs”.
Dolores O’Riordan died in London on Monday, local time, according to her band. She was 46 years old. The cause of death has yet to be made known.
The Irish singer was born in 1971 and grew up in the country’s south-west. In a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone, she said having to prove she was talented from a young age turned her into a headstrong woman.
“My mum always had a softer spot for boys, as a lot of Irish women do,” she said. “If you were a girl, you’d have to sing or wear a pretty dress. But boys could just sit there and be brilliant for sitting there and being boys. It makes you that little bit more forward. Pushy. I was singing, always.”
O’Riordan shot to fame as The Cranberries’ lead singer thanks to hits such as Zombie and Dreams. At one point she was Ireland’s richest woman, however the band’s mainstream appeal started to decline by the turn of the century.
The Cranberries announced a hiatus in late 2003, with O’Riordan pursuing a solo career. In 2009, the band announced they were getting back together for a US and European tour. In later years O’Riordan spoke publicly about her battle with physical and mental health issues.
She was arrested in 2014 after an incident that saw her accused of assaulting a flight attendant and three police officers while flying from New York to Ireland. She pleaded guilty and was fined just over $9000.
Medical records tendered to the court indicated she was mentally ill at the time of the incident. Following the high-profile case, O’Riordan encouraged people living with mental health issues to seek professional help. She did not receive a criminal conviction.
The same year, the Cranberries singer separated from her husband of 20 years – former Duran Duran manager Don Burton.
O’Riordan told London’s Metro newspaper last year that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She also spoke to the Irish News about her battles with depression.
The singer said depression was “one of the worst things to go through” but that she was grateful for her children who brought her joy.
“You get ups as well as downs. Sure, isn’t that what life’s all about?” she said at the time.
The Cranberries cancelled several tour dates in 2017 after revealing O’Riordan was suffering from back problems.
The singer is survived by her three children.
– with AP and Reuters