Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies at 46
Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 46 during a recording trip to London, her publicist said. 
The cause of death is unclear.
O'Riordan's distinctive lilt and yodel helped fuel the Cranberries' rapid rise in the early 1990s with global hits "Linger" and "Zombie." 
The band went on to sell over 40 million records, becoming Ireland’s second-best-selling rock band after U2.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins described O‘Riordan’s death as a big loss to Irish music, saying her influence was "immense".
Dolores O'Riordan performing in concert. /VCG Photo

Dolores O'Riordan performing in concert. /VCG Photo

A naturally reserved singer, O'Riordan often struggled with fame, leaving her native Ireland for several years to avoid the spotlight. 
During her separation from her husband in 2014, she was arrested for attacking a police officer.
The singer's publicist said she died during a short recording trip to London, but declined to comment on the cause of death.
"Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time," publicist Lindsey Holmes said in a statement. 
O'Riordan is survived by two daughters and a son.
Dolores O' Riordan of The Cranberries performs on stage. /VCG Photo

Dolores O' Riordan of The Cranberries performs on stage. /VCG Photo

Police in London said a woman in her 40s was pronounced dead early on Monday at a hotel on Park Lane.
A spokesman said police were continuing inquiries into the death, which was being treated as "unexplained". The woman had yet to be formally identified, he said.

Meteoric Rise

The Cranberries shot to fame with their 1993 debut album "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?" after the hit song "Linger" was picked up by MTV. 
The band's first three albums sold a combined 28 million copies.
But the strain on O'Riordan, who was so shy that she performed with her back to the audience during some early concerts, was also becoming clear, with the band cutting short a tour in 1996 citing exhaustion and disillusionment.
Publicity photo of The Cranberries. /VCG Photo‍

Publicity photo of The Cranberries. /VCG Photo‍

O'Riordan left the Cranberries in 2003 and recorded two solo albums, before the band reformed in 2009.
O'Riordan pleaded guilty to headbutting and spitting at an Irish police officer in 2014 following an alleged air rage incident.
Last year the Cranberries canceled a number of concerts in North America and Europe, saying O'Riordan was suffering from back problems.
British pop band Duran Duran, whose tour manager Don Burton was O'Riordan's husband from 1994 until they separated in 2014 and was father to her children, said in a Twitter post that they were "crushed" by the news.

Global fans pay tribute 

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was among the first to pay tribute, calling O'Riordan "the voice of a generation". 
"For anyone who grew up in Ireland in the 1990s, the Cranberries were an iconic band, who captured all of the angst that came with your teenager years," he said in a statement.  
"Her voice and her contribution to music will be remembered far beyond her native county for many years to come."
Screenshot from Twitter

Screenshot from Twitter

Irish singer Hozier said he was "shocked and saddened".
"My first time hearing Dolores O'Riordan's voice was unforgettable," he said. "I'd never heard somebody use their instrument in that way."
Screenshot from Twitter

Screenshot from Twitter

O'Riordan’s Chinese fans also took to social media to pay their respects. The Irish singer influenced many Chinese singers, including Faye Wong, who was often referred to as the “diva”.
Wong was inspired by O’Riordan’s style of singing and has adopted it into her own songs. She also covered The Cranberries’ song “Dreams”, and used the Chinese version of the song in the movie “Chungking Express” directed by Wong Kar-Wai.
Chinese singer-songwriter Gao Xiaosong posted an interview with O’Riordan recorded last year for a program which looked at Irish culture and paid tribute to the singer.
“I started to listen to her music at 17 years old and I really love her. Thank you for bringing us so many beautiful moments and hope you will be happy in heaven,” said Weibo user @Zhaozhiya.
“No matter where you are, I will listen to your songs as usual,” said another fan, @Yituowu.
Source(s): AFP ,Reuters