“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old,” her PR agency said in a statement. “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.”
“Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
Fellow Irish rockers Kodaline were among the first to pay tribute on social media:
Absolutely shocked to hear about the passing of Dolores O'Riordan! @The_Cranberries gave us our first big support when we toured with them around France years ago! Thoughts are with her family and friends
— Kodaline (@Kodaline) January 15, 2018
O’Riordan wrote the band’s biggest hit, “Zombie,” a protest song that reached number 1 on the charts in Australia, Belgium, France, Denmark and Germany. It also won Best Song at the 1995 MTV Europe Music Awards.
This is a developing story.