The Cranberries lead singer Dolores ORiordan passed away at the age of 46.

The Cranberries lead singer Dolores ORiordan passed away at the age of 46.

Today we were hit by the news of Dolores O’Riordan’s sudden death. Just when we thought that rough patch of celebrities deaths had ended last year, the news came to remind us how feeble life can be. But what is striking us the most about her departure isn’t only the fact that she was still young, but the fact that she was an idol for most of our generation who probably like me grew up singing “Zombie” out loud or who used “Linger” as their weapon to cope with a terrible heartbreak. Let’s take a brief journey through her life and career.

In 1989 brothers Mike and Noel Hogan formed the band The Cranberry Saw Us. In just a couple of months after the departure of the band’s lead singer, the Hogan brothers started auditioning for a female lead vocalist. With her unique voice that could go from real tender and melancholic tones to very strong and particular sounds, The Cranberries reached the top of musical fame in all charts with their debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? in 1993, first in their native Ireland and then the world selling over 40 million records.

They maintained their popularity throughout the nineties performing in some of the most important stages worldwide. By early 2000's, their fame started to fade and O’Riordan attempted to follow a solo career as singer and composer. In 2007, she released her first solo album Are You Listening? Which brought back her former fans to follow her once again.

In 2009, after six-years far from the spotlight, The Cranberries reunited for a tour in North America. In 2012 they released a new album, Roses, 11 years after their last one. By 2013 O’Riordan became a judge in Ireland’s edition of The Voice and collaborated with Andy Rourke and Ole Koretsky in a band they called D.A.R.K. Last year they got together to plan a new acoustic record and a series of shows, however, according to reports, the European tour was canceled out of O’Riordan’s medical issues related to a back problem.

A spokesperson for the band confirmed the news early today and stated that the band had traveled to London for a recording session. Although there is no further information regarding the cause of her departure, shocked and sad fans have widely expressed their condolences to the band and family. Next Tuesday a book of condolences will be displayed in her hometown of Limerick at the city’s council headquarters for people to honor her.