Remembering Dolores O’Riordan

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Dolores O’Riordan’s unmistakable voice was the sound of the ’90s, a voice that many grew up with and one which shaped childhoods. At the tip of our tongues were the lyrics to songs like “Linger” and “Zombie” from The Cranberries, where O’Riordan was the lead singer. No karaoke session would be complete without belting out to these tunes, attempting to hit the notes and mimic O’Riordan’s yodel-like tone.

But then again, not many could replicate her voice. It was one of a kind. Memorable. Iconic, even. And when news of O’Riordan’s passing hit the stands (and social media timelines), tremendous shock hit the hearts of fans and the music industry. The news spread like wildfire, with fans and celebrities clamouring to share stories of how she impacted their lives. Radio stations followed suit with musical tribute segments, reminiscing her angelically unique voice.

Celebrities and those close to O’Riordan were among the first ones to express their heartfelt condolences, including Irish President Michael D. Higgins, who released a statement on her passing:

“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, musician, singer and songwriter. Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally. I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes. To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.”

It was not long after that tributes started pouring in from fans in Malaysia too. For many, it started as an ordinary day, especially for those who have The Cranberries on their daily playlist. Some expressed disbelief over her sudden death:


Others took the time to share their personal stories and memories they had of her songs and her signature voice.

(Translation: In primary school, besides listening to heavy metal, punk, and grunge, this album is also very nostalgic. RIP Dolores O’Riordan)

O’Riordan died suddenly in London on Monday, January 15, at the age of 46. The Irish singer’s death was confirmed by her publicist, adding that she was in London for a short recording session.

London Metropolitan Police spokesperson said they received a call to head to a hotel in Park Lane as “a woman in her mid-40s” was pronounced dead. They also confirmed that her death is not being treated as suspicious. No cause of death has been revealed.


O’Riordan’s family members have also requested for privacy following news of her death.

In the meantime, here’s a playlist to keep her memory alive and linger on.

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