* The Cranberries lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan died suddenly this week
* Singer was preparing to record and release new music with the band
* O’Riordan was just 46 years old
New details are emerging in the sudden death of The Cranberries’ lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan. The Irish-born singer was found dead Monday in London, and police are saying the death is being treated as “unexplained,” but “not suspicious.” That seems to rule out any sort of foul play.
A full investigation is taking place. O’Riordan had been in London for a recording session, according to her publicist, and there were rumors that The Cranberries had been preparing to release new material this year.
Band members Noel Hogan (guitarist), bassist Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler, released a statement on Twitter shortly after, saying they are “devastated,” adding, “The world has lost a true artist today.”
The Cranberries was formed in Limerick in 1989 and the group rose to fame in the 90s with songs like “Linger” and “Zombie.” After a long hiatus, the group re-formed in recent years, and even embarked on a tour last year in support of “Something Else,” an acoustic album featuring some of the band’s most popular hits.
According to Nielsen Music, which tracks album sales in the U.S., The Cranberries’ total music sales grew more than 11,000% following the news of O’Riordan’s death, with fans rushing to pay tribute to the singer and her legacy of hits.
The Cranberries had a number of hits that made them one of the most biggest groups of the 90s, soundtracking many prom dances, house parties and club nights, in addition to making them a popular live touring act around the world.
“Linger” is the group’s highest-charting song on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 8 in 1994 and appearing in a number of movies and TV shows. O’Riordan has said in interviews that the song was inspired by her first kiss.
Follow-up singer, “Zombie,” meantime, hit number one in half a dozen countries around the world, and also topped the Billboard Alternative Chart. Most recently, “Zombie” was featured in the movie, Pitch Perfect 3 as part of a “riff-off” scene featuring actress Ruby Rose taking on O’Riordan’s vocals.
Released in 1992 as the band’s debut single in Ireland, “Dreams” was later re-released and hit the charts in the U.S. and UK. The song was also heard in a number of seminal 90s pop culture moments, including an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 and in the movie, Boys on the Side.
4. Ode To My Family
Written by O’Riordan and guitarist Noel Hogan, the churning rock ballad was reportedly inspired by O’Riordan’s childhood. The song is notable for its memorable music video, which was shot in black and white, and interspersed shots of different families with a simple close-up of O’Riordan singing the tune.
5. Just My Imagination
This acoustic pop song showcased a lighter, free-spirited side to both The Cranberries and O’Riodan. It was recorded for the band’s fourth album, “Bury the Hatchet,” released in 1999. You may remember the band performing the song on an early episode of Charmed.
O’Riordan’s funeral is expected to take place in her home county of Limerick, in Ireland. Thousands of fans and mourners are expected to gather to pay tribute to the singer.