#OTD in 2018 – Death of Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries.

Dolores O’Riordan led The Cranberries to worldwide success and fame for 13 years before the band took a hiatus in 2003. Her first solo album Are You Listening? was released in May 2007. Her second solo album No Baggage was released in August 2009.

Her first solo album Are You Listening? was released in May 2007 and was followed up by No Baggage in 2009. O’Riordan was notable for her lilting mezzo-soprano voice, for yodeling and for her strong Limerick accent. She appeared as a judge on RTÉ’s The Voice of Ireland during the 2013/14 season. In April 2014 O’Riordan joined Jetlag (now called D.A.R.K.) and began recording new material. O’Riordan remained with the band as well as with The Cranberries, until her unexpected death in January 2018.

On 15 January 2018, at the age of 46, while in London for a recording session, O’Riordan died suddenly at the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair.

On 6 September 2018, after months of investigative inquiry, authorities announced that O’Riordan — whose body was found submerged in a bath at the Park Lane Hilton in London on January 15, 2018 — had accidentally “died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication”.

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