Dolores O'Riordan, Lead Singer of The Cranberries, Dies at 46

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Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries whose stunning vocals made songs like “Linger,” “Zombie,” and “Dreams” generation-defining classics, died in London Monday at the age of 46.


Per her PR agency, “no further details are available at this time.” In a statement, they added:

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.

Back when I worked at VH1, this was around 2010 or 2011, The Cranberries came to perform at our office in Times Square for an ill-fated morning show called Big Morning Buzz Live. We got a staff email asking for people to “come to the stairwell” to watch, and I remember getting there just in time to watch them perform “Linger.” O’Riordan moved away from the mic for the final chorus, and everyone in the office swayed and sang along.

I remember talking about it with a coworker soon after the performance. “Is it weird that I cried?” she asked. I told her it wasn’t. I’d cried, too.

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I was thirteen when Zombie came out and I wanted to cut and bleach my hair like her in the video but my mom and boyfriend talked me out of it. I’m tempted to go do it today. I loved her.