Just this past Monday, 46-year-old Dolores O’Riordan, frontwoman for The Cranberries, was found dead in her London hotel room.
Frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries was sadly found dead at the age of 46. Investigators claim to not know why for certain, but her death is suspected of being due to drowning and not under suspicious circumstances.
The Cranberries became widely known with their 1993 single “Linger.” During a time when the grunge genre was taking hold, singers like Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder were extremely popular. Fortunately, O’Riordan brought wide vocal ranges and sweetness to the charts.
The Cranberries’ 1994 album, No Need To Argue, successfully transformed gritty grunge into something more lyrical. Though they did not win any awards for “Linger” in 1993, they swept the US charts two years later with the release of their third record.
The Cranberries used a gritty grunge sound with a vocal range to create a number one hit. Denise O’Riordan wrote the song “Zombie” to memorialize two youngest victims of IRA bombs in Warrington, England.
The Cranberries paved the way for other female rock singers that rose during the ’90s like Gwen Stefani, Shirley Manson of Garbage and Alanis Morissette. Dozens of musicians expressed their sorrow for O’Riordan’s passing, like Duran Duran, Questlove, Wavves, Michelle Branch, Best Coast and U2.