Dolores O’Riordan was in London for a short recording session, the news confirmed by her publicist in a statement, he said “her death was sudden and family members are devastated to hear the news and have asked for privacy at this very difficult time”.
Dolores O’Riordan, died of fentanyl poisoning on Monday January 15th 2018, sources in the London Police Department said.
At the age of 46, while in London for a recording session, O’Riordan died unexpectedly at the Mayfair hotel, London Hilton on Park Lane.
The cause of death has not yet been made public, although police said it was not being treated as suspicious.
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On 18 July 1994, O’Riordan married Don Burton, the former tour manager of Duran Duran.
The couple had three children. In 1998, the couple bought a 61-hectare (150-acre) stud farm, called Riversfield Stud, located in Kilmallock, County Limerick, selling it six years later in 2004.
They then moved to Howth, County Dublin, and spent summers in a log cabin located in Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada.
In 2009, the family moved full-time to their home in Buckhorn.
In August 2013, she returned to live in Ireland. She and Burton split up in 2014 after 20 years together, and subsequently divorced.
She was raised as a Roman Catholic. Her mother was a devout Catholic who chose her daughter’s name in reference to the Lady of the Seven Dolours. Dolores admired Pope John Paul II.
After meeting him inside Vatican City, O’Riordan remarked: “He was lovely, very saintly. I was mad about him, I thought he really cared for the poor and he loved to meet the people.
“I saw him when he came to Limerick, when I was a kid. So it was pretty mindblowing to take my mum out to meet him.” She met John Paul II twice, in 2001 and 2002.
She performed at the invitation of Pope Francis in 2013 at the Vatican’s annual Christmas concert.
In May 2017, she publicly discussed her bipolar disorder, which she said had been diagnosed two years earlier. She said she had struggled with the symptoms for years.
That same month, The Cranberries cited her “back problems” as the reason for cancelling the second part of the group’s European tour. In late 2017, O’Riordan said she was recovering and performed at a private event.