Yesterday the world was shocked to learn of the untimely passing of Dolores O’Riordan, singer for beloved Irish pop rock band The Cranberries at the young age of 46. In the past 24 hours alone there has been a massive outpouring of mourning, heartfelt messages, and loving tributes regarding O’Riordan on Twitter and all over the media.
Before O’Riordan’s death she and LA based rock band Bad Wolves were collaborating on a cover of The Cranberries’ iconic song “Zombie”. Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext shared his feelings in a press statement on what an honor it was to work with O’Riordan, saying:
“Zombie is an incredibly personal song…and we always felt the rawness and honesty she projected on stage and in her recordings was something to which all bands should aspire to…When we heard she wanted to sing on our version, it was the greatest compliment a [band] could receive.”
Twitter user @rndll_btst added their own feelings on how O’Riordan was not only a part of their childhood, but was also a strong role model and icon for women, saying:
The vocalist of The Cranberries has died.
Dolores O’Riordan, may your soul rest in peace and thanks for being part of my childhood memories because of your music. What a devastating way to wake up today. You’ll always be a rock icon to women and the rock n’ roll industry.
Twitter user @offportal shared his memories of living in the same community as O’Riordan in Limerick, Ireland when O’Riordan was still a young child, saying:
Dolores O’Riordan was in my sister’s class in secondary school in Limerick. Always writing and singing songs from the age of 11. When we moved house in 70s we gave her family our old piano as we got a “newer” second hand one . I like to imagine great songs composed on it.
No details on O’Riordan’s death have yet been released to the public at press time, but London police are reported to not be treating the incident as suspicious.
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