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Irish singer Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries has died aged 46

The Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, an Irish musician, has died suddenly at the age of 46. A statement from her publicist said: "The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session.” The police were called to a hotel in Park Lane at 09:05 GMT on Monday, where "a woman in her mid-40s" was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is not being treated as suspicious. "She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989," her current band mates in The Cranberries wrote on social media. Funeral would take place in Ireland. The Cranberries went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide. Dolores O'Riordan had health issues in 2017, when an European tour with her band was cancelled. The official Cranberries website cited "medical reasons associated with a back problem" preventing singer Dolores O'Riordan from performing.

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The Cranberries

O'Riordan split from her husband of 20 years, Don Burton in 2014. She and Burton, who is the former tour manager of Duran Duran, have three children together. O'Riordan was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015. Irish president Michael D Higgins called her death "a big loss." A book of condolence will be opened in singer’s home town of Limerick on Tuesday, at the city council's headquarters. Most successful tracks of The Cranberries include Linger (1993), Zombie (1994) - a protest song about bombings that took place in relation to the conflict in Northern Ireland - as well as No Need To Argue (1994) and To the Faithful Departed (1996).

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