Dolores O’Riordan, the singer of the 1990s Irish band The Cranberries, died on Monday, January 15, 2018, in London, England. She was 46 years old.
Dolores O’Riordan became an international sensation as an Irish native when she and bandmates, Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan, and Fergal Lawler started the band, The Cranberries. As alternative rock stars, The Cranberries topped the charts in the 90s with their debut album, "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?"
Dolores led the international band for 13 years. She originally became the lead singer through an audition in which she beat out hundreds of hopefuls as the lead singer in the upcoming band, "The Cranberry Saw Us" - which was later changed The Cranberries.
While in the band, Dolores and The Cranberries released five albums, all of which gained international attention. They toured the world from 1990-2003 and kept quite busy while recording new songs and starting their own families. Their success was nothing short of astonishing and in 2006, Dolores became the richest woman in Irish history.
Dolores started a relationship with Don Burton who was managing another international band, Duran Duran. The two married in 1994 and had their first child in 1997, a son named Taylor. Later they had Molly in 2001 and Dokata Rain in 2005. Dolores and Don were married for 20 years before they separated in 2014.
The Cranberries took a six-year hiatus from 2003-2009. Dolores has remained under the radar as she’s focused on her family. In 2010, she reunited with The Cranberries and then in 2014, she joined another band, D.A.R.K, and recorded newer material.
In 2017, Dolores shared that she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, a mental disorder that causes periods of depression and elevated moods. She kept quite open and honest with her fans while she shared her struggles with being Bipolar. On Facebook, Dolores publicly announced that she was “feeling good.”
On Monday, January 15, 2018, Dolores was found dead. The cause has not been made public. She was in London for a short recording session. She leaves behind her children and former husband. Below is one of The Cranberries' most popular songs, "Dreams."