The Cranberries shot to fame in the 1990s after forming in 1989, earning a BRIT nomination for Best International Group in 1995.
They also won an MTV Europe Music Award in the same year for Best Song, with Zombie; and an Ivor Novello Award in 1997 for International Achievement.
The band released an album just last year: Something Else was their first Top 20 record since the late 1990s, and featured orchestral and acoustic versions of previously released singles, as well as new songs.
But it’s their 1990s output that remains the most fondly remembered: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? was their debut album in 1993 and hit No1 in Ireland, with follow-up No Need To Argue impacting the UK Top 10 for the first time the following year.
That album was their most successful worldwide; going seven times Platinum in the USA and triple platinum in the UK.
They hit the jackpot again with 1996’s To The Faithful Departed, which made it to the Top 5 in the USA and No2 in the UK. It also became their second No1 LP in Ireland.
Bury The Hatchet and Wake Up And Smell The Coffee, released in 1999 and 2001 respectively, further satisfied their fanbase; and they then took a lengthy hiatus before returning in 2012 with Roses.
Linger, Zombie, Salvation and Promises are among their most successful hits; with O’Riordan’s distinctive voice helping to set the group apart from their contemporaries.
Tributes have been rushing in – Duran Duran tweeted: “We are crushed to hear the news about the passing of Dolores O’Riordan. Our thoughts go out to her family at this terrible time.”
Rising stars MUNA wrote: “gone too soon. rest in power to one of our biggest musical inspirations, dolores o’riordan. thank you.”
President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins said: “To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.”
Her publicist confirmed the sad news of her death in a statement, which read: “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.”
The star was just 46.
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