Dolores O'Riordan

Birth Day September 6th, 1971
Birth Place Ballybricken, County Limerick
Age 52 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Virgo

Dolores O'Riordan Biography

Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan, an Irish musician, singer, and songwriter was better known as Dolores O'Riordan who was best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist for the alternative rock band the Cranberries. She also performed with the alternative rock band D.A.R.K. in 2014. She began singing at pubs at the age of 10 under her uncle's supervision whereas she later joined The Cranberries in 1989 after leaving her home. She performed at the Vatican Christmas Concert for Pope John Paul II in 2001 and for Pope Francis in 2013. She was a guest star on a 1999 episode of the series "Charmed". O Riordan whose first independent collection "Are You Listening?", was discharged in 2007, was likewise known for her lilting mezzo-soprano voice, solid Limerick highlight just as her utilization of keening. Her skill gave her the influence to show up as a judge on "The Voice of Ireland" in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Scroll down and know deep about Dolores's Full Biography, Personal Life, Interesting Facts, Net Worth, Wiki, Age, Family, Life Story, Death, Funeral, & more.

Dolores O'Riordan Cause of Death/Death Cause

An Irish musician, singer, and songwriter Dolores O'Riordan passed away on 15th January 2018 at the age of 46 in Mayfair, London, England. She arrived at the London Hilton on Park Lane hotel in Mayfair on 14th January. At 2:00 am on 15th January 2018, Dolores had a phone call with her mother. Later that morning, she was found unresponsive in the bathroom and was pronounced dead at 9:16 am but the cause of death was not immediately made public until an inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court held on 6th September, which ruled that she died as a result of accidental drowning in a bath following sedation by alcohol intoxication. Empty bottles were found in her room (five miniature bottles and a champagne bottle) as well as some prescription drugs. Toxicology tests showed that her body contained only "therapeutic" amounts of these medications but 330 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood (3.30 g/L), a blood alcohol content of 0.33%. The tabloid newspaper Santa Monica Observer spread a fake story rumoring that she had died of a fentanyl overdose two days after her death. Later, the newspaper revised what they had initially reported, stating her cause of death had not been officially announced.

Famous For

  • Being an Irish musician, singer, and songwriter.
  • For being the lead vocalist and lyricist for the alternative rock band the Cranberries.

Dolores O'Riordan lead vocalist of the band Cranberries


Dolores O'Riordan Early Life 

Dolores O'Riordan was born as Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan on 6th September 1971 in Ballybricken, County Limerick, Ireland however she grew up in the neighboring Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly (hometown). She was of Irish nationality and she belonged to Irish-white ethnicity. Likewise, her religion was Roman Catholic and her race was white. Dolores lastly celebrates her 46th birthday on 6th September of 2017. Virgo was her horoscope. She was the youngest of nine children, two of whom died in infancy. Her father, Terence Patrick "Terry" O'Riordan (1937-2011), worked as a farm laborer until a motorbike accident in 1968 left him brain-damaged. Her mother, Eileen (nee Greensmith), was a school caterer.  Besides two of her siblings who kicked the bucket at early stages, her other six kin are Terence, Brendan, Donal, PJ, Joseph, and Angela. Moving to O'Riordan education, she attended Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ school in Limerick.

Dolores O'Riordan Career

  • Dolores O'Riordan jumped off her singing career joining the band  Cranberry Saw Us where she sang a couple of songs that she had written herself and she also did a Sinead O'Connor song, "Troy". The group changed their name to "The Cranberries" and released a four-track EP, Uncertain.
  • She experienced difficult touring conditions with low-income before the recording of the debut album "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?" after which the Cranberries released "Zombie", the lead single of the follow-up album, "No Need To Argue" in September 1994.
  • She then appeared on the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine on 23rd March 1995 whereas the third album, "To the Faithful Departed" debuted at number two in the UK, and number four in the US, with the singles "Free to Decide", "When You're Gone" and "Hollywood".
  • With the Cranberries, she launched "Bury the Hatchet" however, "Bury the Hatchet" was quickly followed by her fifth effort with the group, "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee", released on 22nd October 2001.
  • As well, she performed solo in the Vatican as part of the annual Vatican Christmas concert (Concerto di Natale) for Pope John Paul II.
  • Later, the band decided to take a temporary time-out to experiment with solo projects in 2003.

Solo Career

  • Dolores performed "Ave Maria" during the 54th International Song Festival at the Ariston Theater, Sanremo, in northern Italy on 6th March 2004 as well as appeared with the Italian artist Zucchero on the album "Zu & Co." in the following year.
  • Then, she worked with composer Angelo Badalamenti of Twin Peaks fame on the "Evilenko" soundtrack in 2004 and later starred on the Jam & Spoon's album "Tripomatic Fairytales 3003" as a guest vocalist on the track "Mirror Lover" in 2005.
  • O'Riordan signed a contract with Ciulla Management in April 2006 and made a cameo appearance in the Adam Sandler comedy "Click", released on 23rd June 2006, as a wedding singer performing an alternate version of the Cranberries' "Linger", set to strings.
  • Sanctuary Records signed O'Riordan for a solo record deal; of their recently signed artist, Julian Wall of Sanctuary Records noted that "Dolores comes to us with an immense international CV in December 2006.
  • After that, she launched her debut solo album "Are You Listening?" in May 2007 which entered and peaked at number 23 on the "Billboard" Top Rock Albums ranking, and number 77 on the "Billboard" 200.
  • She performed on the TV show "Taratata" in Paris, France on 21st March 2007 as well as she made an appearance live on "The Late Late Show" on RTE in Dublin on 20th April of the following year.
  • Dolores starred on Carson Daly's late-night show, "Last Call with Carson Daly", in Burbank, California on 16th May 2007, and also she appeared on 17th May 2007, on NBC's "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno in Burbank, California.
  • In May 2007 she played six songs acoustically at "True Music" with Katie Daryl on HDNet in Los Angeles, California, in an episode that aired on 2nd September 2007. The same month she performed on the "Heaven and Earth Show" aired on BBC One.
  • She released her second album "No Baggage", featuring 11 tracks, in August 2009. 

Dolores O'Riordan, a famous singer and songwriter


Comeback and Roses

  • O'Riordan announced the Cranberries Reunion World Tour of 107 concerts while promoting her solo album "No Baggage" in New York City on 101.9 RXP radio on 25th August 2009.
  • Then, she replaced Sharon Corr as one of the mentors on RTE's "The Voice of Ireland" during the 2013-2014 season though she stated in mid-January 2014, between shoots for "The Voice" that she had written fifteen songs for a new solo album and she planned to go to Los Angeles in order to elaborate the start of the album.
  • In mid-July 2014, O'Riordan had announced that she would not return to "The Voice of Ireland" for a second season due to her health condition affected by flights from Dublin to Canada during seven weeks of filming.
  • She started recording new material with Jetlag, a collaboration between Andy Rourke of the Smiths and Ole Koretsky in April 2014. They then formed a trio under the name D.A.R.K. Their first album, "Science Agrees", was released in September 2016.
  • The Cranberries released a new studio album "Something Else" in late April 2017 whereas Dolores's last public performance was on 14th December 2017 in New York City, when she sang three Cranberries songs at "Billboard's" Christmas party.

Vocal recordings

  • Dolores first entered the recording studio, Xeric Studios, at the beginning of 1990 as she used a Neumann U87 microphone for her vocal tracks, and especially during the recording of the debut studio album "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?".

Dolores O'Riordan Awards and Achievements

  • 1995: She received an MTV Europe Music Award. "Zombie" was awarded Best Song and bested Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone"
  • 1995: She received a World Music Award.
  • 1996: She received a Juno Award.
  • 1997: She received the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement, at London's Grosvenor House.
  • 2008: She received a European Border Breakers Award.
  • 2009: She received the University Philosophical Society's honorary patronage of Trinity College.
  • 2016: She received a BMI Awards and a Special Citation of Achievement.
  • 2019: She received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Limerick. 
  • 2020: She was nominated for a posthumous 2020 Grammy Awards.

Dolores O'Riordan Personal Life 

Dolores O'Riordan was a married woman as she tied a knot on 18th July 1994 with Canadian-born Don Burton, who was the former tour manager of Duran Duran. The wedding was held at Holy Cross Abbey in County Tipperary. The pair met while Duran Duran and the Cranberries were on tour together. The couple had three children: Taylor (b. 1997), Molly (b. 2001), and Dakota (b. 2005). O'Riordan had a stepson named Donny Jr., from Burton's previous relationship. In 1996, they lived at The Coach House, a medieval-style residence beside Ballyhannon Castle at Quin in County Clare, Ireland. They later moved to Howth, County Dublin, where O'Riordan acquired a house in 2004, which she later sold in 2010, and spent summers in a log cabin on a property they bought in 1994, near Buckhorn, north of Peterborough, Canada. But, Dolores and her husband Burton ended their relationship in September 2014 after 20 years together. Following her split from Burton, she suffered from serious depression in 2014 and her mental health issues were compounded by alcohol use. O'Riordan left Canada and moved to New York, first in a hotel in Union Square, then in Trump Tower. In January 2015, she returned to the US, where she bought an apartment in East Village of New York City and developed a relationship with Russian musician Ole Koretsky, with whom she shared the last years of her life. In 2017, she bought a new house near her hometown of Limerick. She began composing a suicide note while drinking heavily and taking Lorazepam in September 2017 whereas an American psychotherapist assessed O'Riordan on 26th December 2017, suggesting abstinence from alcohol and noting no suicidal thoughts. Her final social media post, looking to the future, occurred on 4th January 2018. Additionally, she was also arrested and charged in connection with air rage on an Aer Lingus flight from JFK to Shannon airport on 10th November 2014. O'Riordan's sexual orientation was straight.

Dolores O'Riordan and her ex-husband, Don Burton


Dolores O'Riordan Net Worth

Dolores O'Riordan was an Irish musician and songwriter who had a net worth of $25 million dollars at the time of her death in 2018 however her salary had not revealed. She was one of the richest women in the UK at the age of 24 in mid-1995. She was also one of the 10 richest women in Ireland in 2006 and was reported to be the fifth richest woman in 1999. In 2008, she was sixth on the list of the ten richest artists in Ireland, with a net worth of $66 million. O'Riordan earned $5 million annually from her musical career and she purchased six luxury cars including a Bentley. In addition, her major source of income was from her singing and songwriting career.

Dolores O'Riordan Body Measurement 

Dolores O Riordan had a height of 5 feet 4 inches and weighed 50 kg. Her bra size was 38B and her cup size was B (US). O'Riordan's hair color was black and had dark brown eyes. She was a beautiful woman with a slim body build. She had a body measurement of 34-25-35 inches. She injured her cruciate ligament in a ski accident in the Alps' Val d'Isere and underwent major surgery early in 1994.

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