Coroner Reveals Why Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan’s Death Could Remain ‘Mystery’


The Mirror reports that late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan’s cause of death could remain a mystery for months.

The coroner is currently waiting to compile all the evidence – including potential toxicology reports – before an inquest will be opened, Westminster’s Coroner’s Court confirmed today.

The 46-year-old Cranberries singer’s body was discovered on Monday morning at the Hilton hotel on Park Lane in west London.

It’s not yet known if a post-mortem will need to be carried out.

After her sudden death, cleaners went into the musician’s room thinking it was empty and found her in the bathroom.

The Metropolitan Police have already announced that Dolores’ death “is not being treated as suspicious”.

D.A.R.K. has posted the following on Facebook about late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has posted the following on Facebook:

It’s with overwhelming sadness that D.A.R.K. has announced the death of Dolores O’Riordan who passed away suddenly at the age of 46 in London, England on January 15, 2018. Dolores is also known for being the lead singer of successful Irish rock band the Cranberries.

“I am heartbroken and devastated by the news of the sudden and unexpected passing of Dolores,” said band mate and member of The Smiths Andy Rourke. “I have truly enjoyed the years we spent together and feel privileged to call her a close friend. It was a bonus to work with her in our band D.A.R.K. and witness firsthand her breathtaking and unique talent. I will miss her terribly. I send my love and condolences to her family and loved ones.”

Band mate and partner Olé Koretsky adds, “My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone. My heart is broken and it is beyond repair. Dolores is beautiful. Her art is beautiful. Her family is beautiful. The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable. I am lost. I miss her so much. I will continue to stumble around this planet for some time knowing well there’s no real place for me here now.”

Born on September 6, 1971, Dolores first rose to prominence with band The Cranberries with the release of platinum-selling debut album Everyone Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? in 1993 which yielded the worldwide hits “Dreams” and “Linger.” With seven albums as the Cranberries, two solo albums, and one album for D.A.R.K., Dolores leaves a rich legacy and a wealth of breathtaking recordings.

At the time of her passing, she was in London, working on a mixing session with Martin Glover / “Youth” for the follow-up to Science Agrees which hopes to see a future release as that would have been Dolores’ wish.

  • makingconnections

    What’s wrong with her death remaining a mystery? Why do some artist’s personal lives in death have to become public fodder? In my opinion, it should be the family that decides what information is to be released.

    • Olga Stewart

      I think right now the family just wants to have her body returned to them so they can bury her with her father.

      • makingconnections

        Yes, I agree Olga. It puzzles me that some famous musicians have every detail released and others don’t, other than cause of death. I wonder if it depends on the regulations or practices of the place where you die?

        • Olga Stewart

          I don’t know.

          But during the last time I visited Northern Ireland, my family and I visited a cemetery. And while I always feel uneasy walking around graves (as I feel as I’m disturbing the rest of the dead), I couldn’t help remembering how quiet and peaceful the place was.

          It also was in its’ own way beautiful.

          • makingconnections

            That’s nice to imagine.
            When our beautiful dog that we’d had for many years died, my husband hiked up the rough terrain of the hillside our house was on, carrying the family pet to the most amazing spot where you could see out to sea forever. He’s not a religious person, but he made a white cross for her too.

          • makingconnections

            I love some of the headstones, especially of angels, that I’ve seen in pictures located in Irish cemeteries.