Ballybricken, County Limerick, Ireland
Full Name at Birth
Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan
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Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan (September 6, 1971 – January 15, 2018) was an Irish musician and singer-songwriter. She led the rock band the Cranberries for 13 years before the band took a break starting in 2003, reuniting in 2009.
Her first solo album, Are You Listening?, was released in May 2007 and was followed up by No Baggage in 2009. O'Riordan was known for her lilting mezzo-soprano voice, her emphasized use of yodelling and for her strong Limerick accent. She appeared as a judge on RTÉ's The Voice of Ireland during the 2013–14 season. In April 2014, O'Riordan joined and began recording new material with the trio D.A.R.K.
O'Riordan died unexpectedly on 15 January 2018, aged 46, while she was in London, England, for a recording session.
Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was born and brought up in Ballybricken, a town in County Limerick, Ireland. She was the daughter of Terence and Eileen O'Riordan and the youngest of seven children. She attended Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ school in Limerick.
On 18 July 1994, O'Riordan married Don Burton, the former tour manager of Duran Duran. The couple had three children. In 1998, the couple bought a 61-hectare (150-acre) stud farm, called Riversfield Stud, located in Kilmallock, County Limerick, selling it in 2004. They then moved to Howth, County Dublin, and spent summers in a log cabin in Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada. In 2009, the family moved full-time to Buckhorn.
In August 2013, she returned to live in Ireland. She and Burton split up in 2014 after 20 years together, and subsequently divorced.
She was raised as a Roman Catholic. Her mother was a devout Catholic who chose her daughter's name in reference to the Lady of the Seven Dolours. Dolores admired Pope John Paul II. She met John Paul II twice, in 2001 and 2002. She performed at the invitation of Pope Francis in 2013 at the Vatican's annual Christmas concert.
In November 2014, O'Riordan was arrested and charged in connection with air rage on an Aer Lingus flight from New York to Shannon. During the flight she grew verbally and physically abusive with crew. When police were arresting her after landing, she resisted, reminding them her taxes paid their wages and shouting "I'm the Queen of Limerick! I'm an icon!", headbutting one Garda officer and spitting at another. Later she told the media that she had been stressed from living in New York hotels following the end of her 20-year marriage. The judge hearing her case agreed to dismiss all charges if she apologised in writing to those she injured and contributed €6,000 to the court poor box.
In May 2017, she publicly discussed her bipolar disorder, which she said had been diagnosed two years earlier. That same month, the Cranberries cited her back problems as the reason for cancelling the second part of the group's European tour. In late 2017, O'Riordan said she was recovering and performed at a private event.
On 15 January 2018, at the age of 46, while in London for a recording session, O'Riordan died unexpectedly at the London Hilton on Park Lane hotel in Mayfair. The cause of death has not yet been made public; police said it was not being treated as suspicious.
Irish president Michael D. Higgins was one of the first to pay tribute. Other early tributes came in from across the music world, including Dave Davies (of the Kinks), Hozier and Kodaline. The Taoiseach of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, also paid tribute to O’Riordan.
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Claim to Fame
Lead singer for The Cranberries
Brown - Dark
Molly Burton (daughter), Dakota Burton (daughter)
Taylor Burton (son)
Soundtrack, Actor/Actress, Composer
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Fergal Lawler (The Cranberries), Noel Hogan (The Cranberries), Mike Hogan (The Cranberries)
Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan (6 September 1971 – 15 January 2018) was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. She was the vocalist for rock band The Cranberries from 1990 until their break-up in 2003, later reuniting with her band in 2009, which she led until her death in 2018.
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Alternative Rock, Celtic Rock
Sanctuary, Cooking Vinyl
Place of Death
Mayfair, London, England, UK
Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Post-Grunge, Alternative rock, Post-Grunge, Celtic Rock
Guitar, Keyboards, Bass
Post-Grunge, Celtic Rock
Guitar, Keyboards, Bass
Couple Profile Source
Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ school in Limerick
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Richard De La Font Agency (LA), Grabow Entertainment Agency (LA)
Print ad for Calvin Klein Dirty Denim jeans (2000)
Cause of Death
Accidental drowning due to alcohol intoxication
www.cranberries.com/, www.facebook.com/Dolores-O-Riordan-113672777931/, twitter.com/doloriordan, myspace.com/doloresoriordan, www.findagrave.com/memorial/186661244
post-grunge, celtic rock
guitar, keyboards, bass
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