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'An icon, a huge talent and a distinctive voice' - Shocked friends and fans pay tribute to the late Dolores O'Riordan

Independent.ie logo Independent.ie 1/15/2018
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News of the death of Dolores O'Riordan at the age of 46 has shocked friends and fans of The Cranberries singer. 

The singer was in London for a short recording session at the time of her death.

A statement from her representative said: “Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today (Monday).

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“She was 46 years old. 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.”

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Fans and friends have been taking to the airwaves and social media to pay tribute to the star.

2FM presenter Eoghan McDermott paid tribute to Dolores on his show Monday evening. He had worked with the singer on RTE series The Voice of Ireland on which she had been a judge.

2FM's Dave Fanning also spoke about Dolores attending his wedding and of her being particularly proud of her father who played a tune which everyone loved.

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Dolores' father Terence had passed away in 2001 after a long battle with cancer and Fanning said it "hit her very hard". He said she was a "lovely, kind woman".

President Michael D Higgins has also issued a statement: “It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, musician, singer and song writer.

"Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally.

Dolores performing with The Cranberries in Barcelona in 2016 © Xavi Torrent/WireImage Dolores performing with The Cranberries in Barcelona in 2016

"I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes.

"To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.”

Minister Katherine Zappone tweeted, "Deeply saddened by the passing of Dolores O'Riordan....an icon, a huge talent and a distinctive voice loved by fans worldwide ... RIP"

Singer Frank Turner also took to Twitter to say, "Oh lord. Not Dolores O’Riordan. Grew up singing Cranberries songs. Tragic news." RTE Radio 1 presenter John Creedon spoke of his shock, "Such a shock to hear that Dolores O'Riordan of #thecranberries has died aged just 46. So sorry for her family and close friends. R.I.P."

NewsTalk presenter and lead singer of Something Happens Tom Dunne called her death "a terrible shock" while the Rubberbandits said it was a "very sad say for Limerick, a legend gone".

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