Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan's Cause Of Death Was Accidental Drowning, Inquest Reveals

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The inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court revealed how The Cranberries front woman passed away last January.

In January 2018, Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, passed away at the age of 46. No details were given on the how she passed away, but a recent inquest revealed the Dolores ORiordan cause of death was an accident.

Dolores ORiordan Cause of Death

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An inquest at the Westminster Coroner’s Court revealed that the Dolores ORiordan cause of death was drowning due to alcohol intoxication. It was an accident.

O’Riordan passed away at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in London. She was in the city for a short recording session. Police officers found her in the bathtub in her hotel room, with her nose and mouth fully submerged in the water.

There were no injuries or evidence of self-harm.

Officers found empty bottles in the room: five miniature bottles and a bottle of champagne. They also found containers of prescription drugs. Tests found that the amount of medication in O’Riordan’s blood was merely “therapeutic”, but the alcohol levels were more than four times the legal limit for driving.

O’Riordan had bipolar disorder, but she was responding well to treatment. The inquest revealed that the singer went through periods of teetotalling and periods of excessive drinking.

On 9 January, she had spoken to a psychiatrist and was “in good spirits”.

“Dolores will live on eternally in her music.”

The Cranberries rose to worldwide fame in the ’90s with hit singles “Linger” and “Zombie”. The band sold over 40 million records all over the world, with four top 20 albums on the Billboard200 chart.

O’Riordan’s singing style was inspired by her father, who used to sing the yodelling song “The Cattle Call”, a country song popularised by American singer Eddy Arnold in 1934.

“I just kept with my father all the time, just copying him and eventually I learned how to do it,” she told Paste magazine in a 2017 interview. “Then over the years there were artists like Sinéad O’Connor and Siouxsie from Siouxsie and the Banshees and even Peter Harvey was doing it. It was something that you could work into The Cranberries’ format because a lot of that was used in religious Irish music.”

O’Riordan was in London for a short recording session ahead of a 2018 tour. In 2017, the band had cancelled several dates on their 2017 Europe and North America tour, allegedly due to O’Riordan’s chronic back problems.

After the hearing, The Cranberries released issued a statement saying that they are still struggling to come to terms with their loss:

“On January 15th 2018 we lost our dear friend and band mate Dolores O’Riordan.

Today we continue to struggle to come to terms with what happened.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dolores’ children and her family and our thoughts are with them today.

Dolores will live on eternally in her music. To see how much of a positive impact she had on people’s lives has been a source of great comfort to us.

We’d like to say thank you to all of our fans for the outpouring of messages and their continued support during this very difficult time.

We request, please, for our privacy to be respected at this time.”


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