Dolores O’Riordan’s Cranberries Bandmates Are ‘Devastated’ by Her Death

“The world has lost a true artist today,” group says of “Zombie” singer, who died at age 46

The surviving members of The Cranberries spoke out regarding the unexpected death of their singer Dolores O’Riordan on Monday, saying that the loss has left the group “devastated.”

“We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores,”‘ guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler tweeted Monday, hours after the singer’s death. “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,” the group continued.

O’Riordan’s publicist said Monday that the singer died suddenly at age 46. She had been recording in London.

“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. 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,” a statement from O’Riordan’s publicist read. “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

Formed in Limerick in 1989, the band found success with alternative rock hits including “Linger,” “Dreams” and “Zombie.”

Following news of O’Riordan’s death, tributes poured forth from the music world, including from pop group Duran Duran, who wrote, “We are crushed to hear the news about the passing of Dolores O’Riordan. Our thoughts go out to her family at this terrible time.”