Musical luminaries have paid tribute to Dolores O’Riordan, after the sudden death of The Cranberries‘ frontwoman at age 46.
The Irish band issued a brief statement, calling O’Riordan an “extraordinary talent” and “a true artist”.
We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today.
Noel, Mike and Fergal
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) January 15, 2018
Some of the nation’s largest musical exports have also issued statements on her death, emphasising her influential and inimitable vocal delivery.
My first time hearing Dolores O'Riordan's voice was unforgettable. It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I'd never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family.
— Hozier (@Hozier) January 15, 2018
Totally shocked at the news about Dolores O Riordan an incredible talent and a lovely soul. My prayers are with her family and loved ones.
— Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) January 15, 2018
Just heard the sad sad news about the talented and gifted Dolores O’Riordan passing away today. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. In her honour We’ll be playing her music loud and proud tonight. RIP Dolores.
— the script (@thescript) January 15, 2018
Alternative and mainstream acts abroad have also praised the artist, and voiced their sympathy for her family and countless fans.
"We are all saddened to hear the news. Dolores was a brilliant & generous spirit w/ a quick humor & a stunning voice. Our love to the band & to her family & fans." -Michael Stipe & the whole of R.E.M. & REMHQ pic.twitter.com/qhYN8aXebD
— R.E.M. HQ (@remhq) January 16, 2018
Devastated for fans and her family- Dolores O’Riorden had such an exquisite voice, so distinctive and defining of an era. She would have continued to be a rare musical treasure late into a long life #gonetoosoon https://t.co/2QH2cPgRf6
— Liz Phair (@PhizLair) January 15, 2018
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) January 15, 2018
the cranberries were the only thing my whole family ever agreed on. RIP Dolores pic.twitter.com/ososLUdMYu
— WAVVES (@WAVVES) January 15, 2018
Oh lord. Not Dolores O’Riordan. Grew up singing Cranberries songs. Tragic news.
— Frank Turner (@frankturner) January 15, 2018
So saddened to hear about the sudden death of Dolores O’Riordan. Our sincerest condolences to @The_Cranberries and all of her loved ones.
— Garbage (@garbage) January 15, 2018
I never, ever stopped listening to The Cranberries. Very sad to hear about Dolores O’Riordan. RIP. Linger for life.
— SLEIGH BELLS (@sleighbells) January 15, 2018
O’Riordan was in London for a short recording session at the time of her death. Police confirmed a woman in her 40s was found dead in a Park Lane hotel, and a spokesperson said investigations into her “unexplained” death are underway.Source: ABC
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