The shocking news of The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan’s death has many wondering what happened!
On Monday, O’Riordan was found dead in her London hotel and the cause of death has not been revealed.
Hours before her sudden passing, O’Riordan left a voicemail on her longtime friend Dan Waite’s phone. He told People magazine, “Dolores left me a voice message just after midnight last night stating how much she loved Bad Wolves’ version of ‘Zombie.’ She was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals.”
“She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week,” he added. “The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children, and her mother.”
On the day of her death, Dolores was set to record vocals for a remix of The Cranberries’ hit song “Zombie” with hard rock band Bad Wolves. The band’s lead singer Tommy Vext said on Facebook, “We are shocked and saddened at the news of Dolores’s passing, mere hours before she was to record vocals on our upcoming version of Zombie. We have always had deep respect for her as an artist and a vocalist and she was never afraid to bare her soul in her music and lyrics.”
“Zombie is an incredibly personal song and although we are a hard rock band, we always felt the rawness and honesty she projected on stage and in her recordings was something to which all bands should aspire to, regardless of genre. When we heard she liked our version and wanted to sing on it, it was the greatest compliment a new band, or any band for that matter, could have received,” he continued. “Our hearts are broken that we were not able to see this collaboration through and our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends, loved ones and fans in Ireland and around the globe. We hope we can still make her proud by sharing our version of Zombie with the world.”
In December, O’Riordan discussed her well-being while recovering from back issues, which caused The Cranberries to called their fall tour. She said on Facebook, “Hi All, Dolores here. Feeling good! I did my first bit of gigging in months at the weekend, performed a few songs at the Billboard annual staff holiday party in New York with the house band. Really enjoyed it! Happy Christmas to all our fans."
Aside from the loss of her father and the breakup of her 20 year marriage, O’Riordan was also struggling with bipolar disorder. In 2014, She told The Sunday Independent, “Apparently my mother came into the cell. I don’t remember. I had created a tortoise effect. I tucked myself in, under the blanket. I was singing in the cell. I was praying. I was meditating because I was freezing.”
That same year, O’Riordan also opened up about her battle with substance abuse, telling Belfast Telegraph, “Everything is way worse the next morning. I have a bad day when I have bad memories and I can’t control them and I hit the bottle. I kind of binge drink. That is kind of my biggest flaw at the moment.”
She also admitted that she “tried to overdose,” but was “meant to stay her for the kids.”