The Associated Press has reported that Dolores O’Riordan, the singer for The Cranberries, has died at age 46.
The Cranberries, perhaps best known for their 1994 hit “Zombie,” were an Irish alternative rock band active throughout the ’90s. They were one of the most successful bands of the decade, selling over 40 million records worldwide.
O’Riordan’s publicists released a statement on Monday, writing:
Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time.
Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.
O’Riordan joined the band in her teens after responding to an advertisement for lead singer placed by the band when their original singer, Niall Quinn, left the band in 1989. The band’s debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, reached number 18 on the US Billboard 200 Album charts and sold over 5 million copies on the strength of singles “Dreams,” “Linger,” and “Sunday,” all of which were penned by O’Riordan.
The cause of death has not been made public as yet.