Preparations underway to honour Dolores O'Riordan

London police have confirmed the death is not being treated as suspicious

Preparations underway to honour Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O'Riordan performs on German television, 27-11-2004. Image: DPA DEUTSCHE PRESS-AGENTUR/DPA/PA Images

Tributes are continuing to flood in for Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan.

London’s Metropolitan Police have confirmed her death is not being treated as suspicious.

Ms O'Riordan was found dead in London on Monday.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious – adding that responsibility for the investigation had now been handed over to the Coroner who will compile a report.

She said the singer’s family had been informed.


The 46-year-old singer was in the city to take part in a short recording session.

Her fellow band members have said they are devastated at the loss.

In a statement, the band said she was "an extraordinary talent" and that they feel "very privileged to have been part of her life."


She penned a string of huge 90s hits with the band including Linger, Zombie and Dreams.

The band, which was formed in 1989, rose to international fame in the early 1990s and sold more than 40 million records worldwide.

The group released five albums before taking a break in 2003.


Stars including Johnny Depp, Bono and Nick Cave paid tribute to the Cranberries singer at a concert in Dublin last night.

Catatonia's Cerys Mathews dedicated the song The Broad Majestic Shannon to the Limerick singer at the National Concert Hall.

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described her as "the voice of a generation," while President Michael D Higgins says her passing is "a big loss" to Irish music.

The Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, said: "The death of Dolores O'Riordan is such a sad loss of a young and precious life.

"Millions across the world have been shocked by this sad news but first and foremost I think of her family.

"Way beyond anything else, this is the passing of a loving mother, daughter and sister.

"This is a family that will grieve deeply for Dolores in the same as others who lose loved ones. It starts and ends with them.

"Of course she was a superstar and an inspiration to so many people, not least from Limerick.

"She grew up in Ballybricken, which is actually in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, but Limerick city, all of Limerick, held her very dear in its heart.

"Her rise to stardom gave a huge amount of belief to young people locally at the time.

"She was a true child of Limerick; talented, honest, full of soul and courageous. And she never lost sight of who she was and where she was from.

"She also often spoke about her spirituality and how important that was too her and, of course, she met Pope John Paull II.

"She spoke of taking a lot of influence for her music from her spirituality. Limerick and the world has lost a kind, soft-hearted, talented soul. May she rest in peace."


It has emerged that she was due to record a new version of the band’s hit song Zombie on Tuesday.

She was booked to record with the band Bad Wolves.

She had told the group that she liked their version of her hit Zombie and was to add her vocals to a new version, at a session planned for today.


Ms O’Riordan’s remains are due to be flown home to her native Ballybricken for burial; however funeral details have not yet been announced.

A book of condolence has opened at Limerick City Hall – while an online book is also available here.

A range of preparations are underway in the city to honour the star.

Ms O'Riordan is survived by her three children - her son Taylor and daughters, Molly and Dakota.

The 46-year-old split from her husband of 20 years, former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton, in 2014.

Additional reporting: Jack Quann