The death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has been ruled an accident that came about from mixing alcohol and prescription drugs.
A postmortem report by Dr Adam Combe has determined that the frontwoman died with 330mg of alcohol in her system per 100ml of blood, which put her at more than four times the legal limit for driving. O’Riordan was found unresponsive in a bathtub this past January with her pajamas on at a Hilton hotel in London, where her band was in town recording.
An inquest report reveleaed that there were trace amounts of prescription drugs in her system. The singer, who was 46, had battled depression for years.
Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe declared the death a misadventure, noting “There’s no evidence that this was anything other than an accident. There was no intention, this seems to be solely a tragic accident.”
The inquest reported noted that O’Riordan had her bipolar disorder, but was still prone to bouts of heavy drinking. Five miniature bottles from the minibar were found empty, along with a small bottle of bottle of champagne.
Her bandmates released the following statement after the hearing. “We continue to struggle to come to terms with what happened,” they said. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dolores' children and her family and our thoughts are with them today. Dolores will live on eternally in her music.”
The Cranberries formed in 1989 in Limerick, Ireland, ascending the charts in the '90s with hits such as "Linger", "Zombie", "Dreams", and "Free to Decide". The band's sound mixed alternative rock with pop and Irish folk influences.
The band separated in 2003, and then got back together in 2009, recording 2012's Roses in Mississauga, Ontario, and London, England.
O'Riordan recorded two solo albums during the band's split: 2007's Are You Listening? and 2009's No Baggage.
O'Riordan had roots in Canada. The singer-songwriter lived with former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton in Ontario in the late 2000s before they separated in 2014 and later divorced after 20 years of marriage. The couple had three children.