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Cranberries singer O'Riordan died by drowning


Cranberries singer O'Riordan died by drowning

Dolores O’Riordan, who found international fame in the 1990s as the lead singer of the Irish band the Cranberries, died by drowning, according to a coroner’s inquest.

The singer had been in London for a recording session when she was found dead on Jan 15. She was 46.

The cause of her death was unknown at the time. The inquest, usually conducted in Britain in the case of sudden or unexplained deaths, concluded that O’Riordan died by drowning in a bathtub after drinking alcohol, a news agency reported.

“There’s no evidence that this was anything other than an accident,” coroner Shirley Radcliffe said, the agency reported.

The Cranberries rose to global fame in the mid-1990s with a string of hits, including "Linger," "Zombie" and "Dreams." The group, from Limerick, has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

In 2007, O'Riordan launched a solo project with her album "Are you Listening?" before reuniting with the group in 2009. She also teamed up with The Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke and DJ Ole Koretsky to provide the vocals for the group D.A.R.K.

In 2017, The Cranberries released "Something Else," an acoustic album featuring some of the band's most popular hits, along with three new recordings.

But they canceled many dates on their 2017 Europe and North America tour, with the band citing O'Riordan's ongoing back problems as the cause.

In a statement in January, Irish President Michael D. Higgins said O'Riordan's death was "a big loss" to the Irish arts community.

Her survivors include three children she had with ex-husband, Don Burton, a former tour manager for Duran Duran.

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