Dolores O'Riordan: coroner waiting for tests on cause of death


Limerick musician, Dolores O'Riordan, (46), led the band to global success in the 90s with singles including "Linger" and 'Zombie'. Women sent in text messages about how they had mimicked O'Riordan's style and how her songs had gotten them through their school exams. I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy's introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes.

"When I heard the song was about Warrington, I listened to it as carefully as I could to the words".

Emergency services were called and she was declared dead at the scene by the London Ambulance Service.

The band set up a session with O'Riordan in London not sure if she would add a lead or backup vocals to their grinding version, and in the wake of her death they still don't know what her plans were.

Polish couple Sebastian and Michalina Buczkowski came to pay tribute to the star by signing their names. It's not hard to see why O'Riordan was a fan.

U2 said they were "floored" by the news in a statement posted on Twitter.

Earlier in the day, the band's website announced the sad news.

"We want to thank all the people of Limerick who have remembered Dolores this week".

Even though the band was unsure what O'Riordan would add to its recording, or how it would be arranged, the members were eager for the session that was scheduled for the afternoon of January 15. But rather than getting louder to meet those guitars, or covering up the vulnerability she had as a songwriter to fit in, she told the story she had to tell, in the voice she was gifted. "She didn't think like that at all".

"She was a very fearless woman writing on certain issues", he said. Dolores, I will love you always, always, always. She was blown away. O'Riordan never pretended to be someone else: she did not adopt an American twang but sang in the bold brogue of her hometown, a place later viewed internationally through the prism of Frank McCourt's memoir Angela's Ashes as a rain-soaked, gritty place.

A private Requiem Mass will be said at the Church of St Ailbe in Ballybricken, Co Limerick, on Tuesday, followed by a burial attended only by family.

A photograph of the Limerick woman, who went on to become an global star, will be placed on top of the coffin carrying her remains.