The music world mourns the death of Dolores O’Riordan
Thousand of messages and tributes have been pouring in for Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, who was found dead in a London hotel yesterday aged 46.
Lots of celebrities from the worlds of music, arts, culture and politics took to social media overnight and this morning to pay their respects to the renowned singer. Irish President Michael D. Higgins was among the first people to pay tribute to The Cranberries star.
Dublin-based singer Hozier was among the first celebrities to note Dolores’ passing, tweeting: “My first time hearing Dolores O’Riordan’s voice was unforgettable. It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock.”
“I’d never heard somebody use their instrument in that way,” he added, “shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family.”
Irish rockers Kodaline wrote “Absolutely shocked to hear about the passing of Dolores O’Riordan! The_Cranberries gave us our first big support when we toured with them around France years ago! Thoughts are with her family and friends.”
Other tributes came from singer Frank Turner, Josh Groban, James Corden, and Kings of Leon stars Nathan Followill (who credited the singer with having “one of the greatest voices of my youth”) and Jared Followill, who said “The Cranberries are so rad. Bummer of a day.”
Former Westlife star Brian McFadden wrote: “Can’t believe Dolores O’Riordan has died. I’m in shock. Iconic vocalist and a lovely woman too. Had the honour of singing with her for pope John Paul in the Vatican many years ago.”
And his colleague and bandmate Ronan Keating added: “Totally shocked at the news about Dolores O Riordan an incredible talent and a lovely soul.”
Probably the most important tribute comes from the members of Duran Duran, since O’Riordan was married to their former tour manager Don Burton: “We are crushed to hear the news about the passing of Dolores O’Riordan. Our thoughts go out to her family at this terrible time,” the band wrote in a statement.