A statement from her publicist said: 'Irish and international singer Dolores O'Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. 'The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time. 'Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.'
O'Riordan, who was born in Limerick, last posted a picture of herself with her cat on Twitter on January 4 with the caption: 'Bye bye Gio. We're off to Ireland.' A Met Police spokesperson said: 'Police in Westminster are dealing with a sudden death. 'Officers were called at 9.05am on Monday to a Hotel in Park Lane. A woman in her mid 40s was pronounced dead at the scene. 'At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained. Enquiries continue.'
Last year she revealed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015, having battled with depression during much of her career. She told Metro: 'There are two ends of the spectrum — you can get extremely depressed and dark and lose interest in the things you love to do, then you can get super manic. I was at the hypomanic side of the spectrum on and off for a long period but generally you can only last at that end for around three months before you hit rock bottom and go down into depression. When you're manic you don't sleep and get very paranoid. So I'm dealing with it with medication.'A rock singer crazy? Will wonders never cease?
In February 2016 O'Riordan said she would use 'music, dancing and performing to improve her mental health' after avoiding a criminal conviction for assault at an airport. She was ordered to pay €6,000 to charity for headbutting, kicking, hitting and spitting on police officers following an alleged air rage incident. The singer had previously admitted three assaults and obstructing a police officer after being taken off an Aer Lingus flight from New York's JFK to Ireland on November 10, 2014. Medical reports produced for the trial at Ennis District Court revealed she had been suffering from mania, mental illness and severely impaired judgment at the time of the incident, and that she remembered nothing about it.OK, I'll go there. Drugs, alcohol or suicide?
UPDATE: Fucking fentanyl. Suicide suspected.
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