Dolores O’Riordan’s partner is speaking publicly for the first time since the Cranberries singer’s death Monday at 46.
Ole Koretsky, a DJ and record producer, was working on a collaboration called D.A.R.K. with O’Riordan and former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke.
In a tribute to O’Riordan posted on the band’s website, Koretsky said, “My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone. My heart is broken and it is beyond repair.”
“Dolores is beautiful. Her art is beautiful. Her family is beautiful. The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable. I am lost. I miss her so much. I will continue to stumble around this planet for some time knowing well there’s no real place for me here now.”
Rourke also addressed the loss, saying, “I am heartbroken and devastated by the news of the sudden and unexpected passing of Dolores.
“I have truly enjoyed the years we spent together and feel privileged to call her a close friend. It was a bonus to work with her in our band D.A.R.K. and witness firsthand her breathtaking and unique talent. I will miss her terribly. I send my love and condolences to her family and loved ones.”
According to the post, the “Dreams” singer was in London working on a new album when she died.