“When I die, I’ll have a massive catalog of beautiful songs behind me.” Dolores O’Riordan
One of the first truly shocking celebrity deaths of 2018 is the passing of Dolores O’Riordan (lead singer of The Cranberries) who died at the age of 46 this weekend. Though the exact cause of death has yet to be announced, the gifted songstress has had documented struggles with mental illness and addiction.
Though she lived outside of the limelight following the band’s massive success in the 1990s, she was nonetheless an active artist who participated in regular collaborations with other talented musicians. A unique figure in the world of Rock and Roll, much of her life is a mystery, even to her most ardent fans.
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The folks at Grunge have put together a wonderful and informative retrospective of O’Riordan life and legacy. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section. If you can’t stream, the main points are listed and briefly summarized below the video.
Official Synopsis: The music world was shocked by the passing of The Cranberries’ lead singer Dolores O’Riordan on January 15th, 2018. She was only 46 years old when her body was found in a London hotel. You know her voice, you know her songs, so here’s a look at what you might not know about her and the legacy she left behind…
Country Girl: Though no stranger to metropolitan living, O’Riordan was most comfortable spending time in the Irish countryside.
Politics: In an interview, O’Riordan revealed that she is pro-life, calling abortions “degrading to women.” She has had a somewhat rocky relationship with feminists, once stating “I think the feminists need some serious man in their lives.”
Facing Her Demons: O’Riordan has been honest and upfront about her struggles with addiction, depression, anorexia, and sexual abuse, as well as including suicide attempts. She was also arrested following an “air rage” incident following the divorce from her husband of 20 years.
Believer: A devout Catholic, O’Riordan stated her belief in God and an afterlife, as well as other dimensions.
Secure Legacy: Even at the relatively young age of 46, O’Riordan was immensely proud of her legacy, stating: “When I die, I’ll have a massive catalog of beautiful songs behind me. I’m proud I wrote Linger; I’m proud I wrote dreams.”
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All of us here at Horror Freak News would like to send our sincerest condolences to O’Riordan’s fans, friends and family. Her voice was one-in-a-million and her influence will be truly missed.