Police say death of Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan not suspicious

Ruben Ruiz
January 17, 2018

Dolores' Cranberries bandmates have been left heartbroken by her death.

Now the Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are not treating her death as suspicious and said the case has been handed to the coroner's office.

"Dolores would have only been in her early 20s at the time of the Warrington bombing, but old enough to have witnessed the Northern Ireland "Troubles" and the hurt many families suffered including our own".

Her boyfriend, New York-based musician Olé Koretsky, posted a photo on Instagram with O'Riordan on January 1 with the caption, "NYE: take away, TV, pajamas".

Tributes have been pouring in for the popular singer.

The last known photo of the star posted on Twitter with the caption "Bye bye Gio". However, this may not be the reason as to why she passed away so suddenly.

"The band are floored but it's of course her family we're all thinking of right now", a U2 band communique reads.

The Cranberries' Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler said, "We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores".

The creator of Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls has hailed Dolores O'Riordan as an "incredible talent" after her death was announced yesterday. However, despite all the hardship, she appeared, on the surface, to be doing well before her sudden and unexpected death.

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"The death is not being treated as suspicious".

She said she never forgot her roots and even asked the school choir to sing at her wedding. Our hearts are broken that we were not able to see this collaboration through and our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends, loved ones and fans in Ireland and around the globe. I worked with the Cranberries at Universal Records and have kept in touch ever since.

"You can really get lost here, and I like that", she said.

"I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD [parliament member] Jim Kemmy's introduction of her and the Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes", he said.

With her former husband Don Burton, their two kids and a child from Burton's previous relationship, they spent years dividing time between Ireland and their Ontario cottage.

The Cranberries enjoyed worldwide success in the 1990s with singles including Linger and Zombie. Hits like "Linger" and "Dreams" helped the band sell 40 million copies of the album, and cemented their place in rock history.

Following their massively successful debut album, The Cranberries released their second album No Need to Argue in 1994. The band split in 2003, when O'Riordan briefly pursued a solo career, but then reunited in 2009. "Feeling good! I did my first bit of gigging in months at the weekend, performed a few songs at the Billboard annual staff holiday party in NY with the house band", it read. No use without permission.

She hit the headlines in 2014 after pleading guilty to assaulting three police officers and a flight attendant during a flight from NY to Ireland, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder shortly afterwards. "I once met Dolores O'Riordan when I was 15".

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