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Inquest Confirms Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Died From Drowning

ET Canada logo ET Canada 2018-09-06 Becca Longmire
Dolores O'Riordan sitting on a stage © Getty

The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan died in the bath after drinking heavily, it's been confirmed.

An inquest heard Thursday that the Irish singer, 46, was still dressed in her pyjamas when she was found dead at the Park Lane Hilton, London, on January 15.

A coroner ruled the death an "accident."

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According to Sky News, O'Riordan, who was four times over the drinking limit when she died, had checked in to the hotel before raiding the mini-bar and calling her mother at around 3 a.m.

It's thought the star drank five mini-bottles of spirits and one small bottle of champagne. It was also reported that packaging for medication was found in her room, with O'Riordan reportedly being on numerous prescription drugs for bipolar disorder.

The news comes after fans gathered in Limerick, Ireland, to say goodbye to the musician back in January.

Thousands of fans lined the streets of O’Riordan’s hometown at the time to begin three days of mourning.

“In a tribute normally reserved for presidents, popes and heads of state, O’Riordan’s remains lay in an open coffin in a four-hour public reposing at St Joseph’s Church, in the Treaty City,” theIrish Times previously reported.


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