DOLORES O’RIORDAN from the Irish rock band THE CRANBERRIES passed away suddenly yesterday. She was only 46. There’s no cause of death yet.
Her body was found at a hotel in Westminster, England early in the morning, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Her publicist says she was in London for a recording session . . . but she didn’t say anything beyond that.
For what it’s worth, unnamed “friends” told TMZ that Dolores had been, quote, “dreadfully depressed” in recent weeks, and was also suffering from back pain.
Neither of those things would be surprising. Back in 2014, she talked about how she suffered from, quote, “terrible self-loathing” . . . and admitted that she “tried to overdose” the previous year.
She said, quote, “It manifested itself in my behavior and the pathologies I began to develop in my early adult life, such as my eating disorder, depression, and eventually the breakdowns.” She’d also talked about how she was sexually abused for four years as a child.
But things seemed to be getting back on track. Just last year, The Cranberries released “Something Else”, an album with new versions of their previous hits, like “Linger”, “Dreams”, “Zombie”, “When You’re Gone”, and “Ode to My Family”. It also had three new songs, including “Rupture”, which is about depression.
Last year, Dolores said, “I have bipolar disorder so I’ve experienced extremes throughout my life. But I was only diagnosed two years ago. There are two ends of the spectrum . . . you can get extremely depressed and dark and lose interest in the things you love to do, then you can get super manic . . .
“When you’re manic you don’t sleep and get very paranoid. So, I’m dealing with it with medication.”
As for the back pain, The Cranberries had announced a reunion tour last spring . . . but they canceled it in July because Dolores was having issues with it. She did feel a little better by the end of the year, and did some small gigs.
Naturally, the future of the Cranberries is in serious doubt, since Dolores was not only the singer, but the lyricist and primary songwriter.
The Cranberries formed in 1990, and put out five albums before going on hiatus in 2003. Dolores released two solo albums in the following six years . . . and in 2009, The Cranberries reunited.
Technically, they’ve been together ever since . . . although they didn’t do much in the five years before putting out the album last spring. By the way, Cranberries music sales started surging on Amazon and iTunes as the news of Dolores’ death got out.