The Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Death Explained
Irish singer Dolores O’Riordan of the Irish band The Cranberries died drowned at 46. She is seen here performing on stage during the 23th edition of the Cognac Blues Passion festival in Cognac on July 07, 2016 – Photo: Guillaume Souvant/AFP.
The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan drowned in a London hotel room bath after drinking alcohol, an inquest heard.
The Irish singer, from Kilmallock, Co Limerick, was pronounced dead aged 46 on January 15 at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane where she had been staying while recording.
Coroner Shirley Radcliffe told an inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court that the cause of death was drowning due to alcohol intoxication and concluded that the death was an accident.
The psychiatrist of The Cranberries singer, Dr Seamus O Ceallaigh, told the court he had seen her a week before she died, when she was due to go back to New York. The doctor confirmed she had been sober for long periods of time, but he added her use of alcohol was a high risk factor. There was no note found in the hotel room, and the coroner added she had been looking forward to the future.
Natalie Smart, who attended the scene, told the inquest: “I saw Mrs O’Riordan submerged in the bath with her nose and mouth fully under the water.”
The inquest heard that there were empty bottles in the room – five miniature bottles and a bottle of champagne – as well as containers of prescription drugs with a quantity of tablets in each container.
Toxicology tests showed only “therapeutic” amounts of medication in O’Riordan’s blood, but showed up 330mg of alcohol per 100mls of blood – meaning that The Cranberries lead singer was more than four times the 80mg legal limit for driving.
The Cranberries star was laid to rest in her native Ballybricken, County Limerick, as family, friends and fans paid their respects to the 46-year-old.
Sources: PA/The Sun