The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies at age 46

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      Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer and guitarist of the internationally successful Irish band The Cranberries, has been reported to have died. She was 46 years old.

      According to her publicist Lindsey Holmes, O'Riordan died suddenly today (January 15) in her hotel room in London, where she had been recording. The cause of death has not yet been released.

      The Cranberries, formed in 1989 in Limerick, Ireland, became one of the biggest alternative acts in the 1990s by ascending international charts with hit singles such as "Linger", "Zombie", "Dreams", and "Free to Decide" that combined alternative rock with pop and Irish folk influences.

      Their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? was followed by several top 20 albums: 1994's No Need to Argue, 1996's To the Faithful Departed, and 1999's Bury the Hatchet.

      The band separated in 2003 but reunited in 2009. They recorded the 2012 album Roses in Mississauga, Ontario, and London, England.

      During the band's hiatus, O'Riordan recorded two solo albums: 2007's Are You Listening? and 2009's No Baggage.

      O'Riordan also had connections to Canada. The singer-songwriter lived with her then-husband, former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton, in Ontario for several years in the late 2000s before they separated in 2014 and later divorced after 20 years of marriage. The couple had three children together.

      In 2014, O'Riordan was accused of assaulting a flight attendant and three police officers on a flight from New York City to Ireland. She pleaded guilty and was fined 6,000 euros ($9,100 Cdn). She had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

      In 2017, the band released the acoustic album Something Else and had been touring Europe and North America. However, the tour had to be cancelled due to a back problem that O'Riordan had been experiencing. 

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