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Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries Frontwoman, Dead At 46

Irish musician and frontwoman of The Cranberries, Dolores O'Riordan, died suddenly in London today at the age of 46. No details about the circumstances of her death are available at the moment, although police said her death was not suspicious. An update from the coroner is expected on Friday morning. Her family has requested privacy to grieve and process the events.

The Cranberries have been a staple in the international music scene since their debut with Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? in 1993. Iconic singles like "Zombie" and "Linger" are widely played, but the deep cuts are equally, if not more, rewarding for those that take the time to really dig into a Cranberries album.

The band has been active for the 24 years since their debut, touring internationally and releasing music. However, their European tour was cut short in May '17 when O'Riordan experienced medical issues stemming from a back problem. The BBC reports that O'Riordan posted on Twitter through the Cranberries page that she was "feeling good" and did her "first bit of gigging in months," performing at the Billboard annual staff holiday party in New York.

According to her publicist, the band was in London for a short recording session. Police were called to a Park Lane hotel around 9 a.m., where O'Riordan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bands like Duran Duran and Kodaline along with many musicians, fans, and contemporaries tweeted their sympathies throughout the day. Dave Davies of The Kinks posted a picture of himself with O'Riordan that was taken a couple of weeks before Christmas, saying he was "shocked" and that she "seemed happy and well."

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