ET Canada can confirm The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, who hailed from Ireland, has passed away suddenly at 46-years-old.
We look back on our 2007 interview with O’Riordan in the video above.
Her publicist released the following statement: “The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.” No further details are available as of yet.
Police in London also confirmed to ET Canada they were called to a hotel on Park Lane in Westminster at 9:05 a.m. Monday morning. They added the woman’s death was not being treated as suspicious and said her next of kin had been informed. A report will now be compiled for the coroner.
The musician, who led The Cranberries to worldwide success for 13 years before the group took a break in 2003 and reunited several years later, has been open about her battle with anxiety and depression over the years.
O’Riordan was previously married to Don Burton, the former tour manager of Duran Duran, before they split after 20 years together in 2014. She spoke to the Belfast Telegraph about battling her demons in 2013.
The star explained she had been sexually abused as a child, suffered from anorexia and had been having suicidal thoughts for years.
She said of blaming herself for the sexual abuse she endured from the age of eight: “That’s what happens. You think it is your own fault. I buried it. It is what you do initially. You bury it because you are ashamed of it. You think: ‘Oh my God. How horrible and disgusting I am.’ You have this terrible self-loathing. And then I got famous when I was 18 and my career took over. It was even harder then. So then I developed the anorexia.”
“When I Googled anorexia and studied it, I found out it was a common pathology that develops later on in life. So I was putting on this charade, this perfect face. I had anorexia, then depression, a breakdown.”
O’Riordan, who was arrested and charged in connection with an assault on an Aer Lingus flight back in 2014, continued to say at the time: “You get to the point where you want to die, because you think that you’ll get peace when you’re dead and you can’t get any worse than you are.”
The mother-of-three confirmed she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in May 2017.
She appeared on “The Voice of Ireland” as a judge in 2013/2014, before joining the band Jetlag (now called D.A.R.K.).