LGBTQ communities pay tribute to The Cranberries' Dolores O’Riordan
Many took to social media to pay tribute to the Irish musician who passed away suddenly
Tributes were posted across social media yesterday after news of the Irish musician's sudden passing at just 46 years old.
Bandmates Noel Hogan, Fergal Lawler, and Mike Hogan paid tribute to the lead singer on social media, writing: "She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989."
We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today.— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) January 15, 2018
Noel, Mike and Fergal
As lead singer of the band The Cranberries, O’Riordan led the Irish group to international success during the early nineties with hits including Linger in 1993, and Zombie in 1994, which was written in protest after two IRA bombs detonated in Cheshire in 1993, in which two young boys lost their lives.
Colin Parry, father of 12-year-old Tim Parry who was one of the children who died in the Cheshire bombing, has paid tribute to the singer, adding that he only discovered she'd written the song about the event yesterday:
"The words are both majestic and also very real", he told the BBC's Good Morning Ulster.
"To read the words written by an Irish band in such compelling way was very, very powerful. I likened it to the enormous amount of mail expressing huge sympathy that we received in the days, weeks and months following our loss."
Though O’Riordan herself didn't identify as LGBTQ, she had fans across the queer communities, with many turning to the internet to express their sadness at her sudden death.
RIP #DoloresORiordan ~ thank you for the music. Thank you for your voice, and more so thank you for allowing me to be my emotions! #TheCranberries were and still are such a fave. Still wish I got to watch you live! One day! "Oh my dreams..." 🙏🏽⭐️ pic.twitter.com/sDS3HoetL0— Sade Giliberti (@OneSadie) January 15, 2018
Devastated to learn of the death of Dolores O’Riordan. The music of @The_Cranberries has accompanied me through my entire adulthood. I will never forget the immense talent of this incredible woman and the immense joy she brought to me, and also my daughter. #RIPDoloresORiordan 💜— Sarn Franich (@KatnipProd) January 16, 2018
According the BBC, a statement from her publicist said: "The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session.
"No further details are available at this time."
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the police were called to a hotel in Park Lane at 09:05 GMT on Monday, where "a woman in her mid-40s" was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her publicist added: "Family members are devastated to hear the news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."
A book of condolence will be opened in her home town of Limerick on today at the city council's headquarters.