Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Irish rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46.
We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today.
Noel, Mike and Fergal
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) January 15, 2018
“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, ” O’Riordan’s publicist confirmed in a statement to BBC.
“Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time,” The Cranberries reminded fans via Facebook.
As the artist had an incredible impact on the industry, several musicians (and other celebrities) have taken to twitter to express their love, thoughts, and memories. Read the emotional messages below:
Shocked and heartbroken over Dolores O’Riordan’s death. The Cranberries were pinnacle in showing me that it was possible to fully embrace masculine and feminine energy in one cohesive sound. She was a true pioneer ????
— Foster The People (@fosterthepeople) January 15, 2018
Just heard the news. Dolores O’Riordan inspired me early on, to go out and brave my own songs in front of people. Zombie was one of the first covers I ever sang live. I always felt such raw emotion singing her songs. Sad to lose her and am endlessly grateful for her influence.
— Kiesza (@Kiesza) January 15, 2018
My first time hearing Dolores O’Riordan’s voice was unforgettable. It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I’d never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family.
— Hozier (@Hozier) January 15, 2018
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) January 15, 2018
I once met Delores O’Riordan when I was 15. She was kind and lovely, I got her autograph on my train ticket and it made my day. She had the most amazing voice and presence. So sorry to hear that she’s passed away today x
— James Corden (@JKCorden) January 15, 2018
Absolutely shocked to hear about the passing of Dolores O’Riordan! @The_Cranberries gave us our first big support when we toured with them around France years ago! Thoughts are with her family and friends
— Kodaline (@Kodaline) January 15, 2018