It seems that 2018 is shaping up to be another year of losing musical legends. On the 15th of January, the music world woke up to the devastating news that the lead singer of The Cranberries Dolores O'Riordan was found dead at the age of 46. Police have not suspected foul play but with a history of mental health, many fans wondered if the two were related.
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
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Fans were especially distraught since O'Riordan had been speaking on social media of releasing new music and performing again in December of last year.
bye bye Gio. We're off to Ireland pic.twitter.com/d6HKOFJqGB— Dolores O'Riordan (@DolORiordan) January 4, 2018
In Sri Lanka, The Cranberries have shaped a generation of music lovers who still go all out while singing "Zombie" at any occasion. However, many of them chose to share the words of their 1993 hit "Linger", as they remembered this legend who put Ireland and female rockers on the map.
"Don't let it burn, don't let it fade".
Fans, celebrities and artists expressed their grief over the loss of "a voice touched by fire".
There was this Irish singer that used to come into my cafe. She was gracious and flirty, with an accent that would charm the birds.— jay nutt (@jaynutt50) January 16, 2018
I was conceited enough to think it was just for me, but smart enough to know that's how everyone in her audience felt.#DoloresORiordan
Just heard the sad sad news about the talented and gifted Dolores O’Riordan passing away today. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. In her honour We’ll be playing her music loud and proud tonight. RIP Dolores.— the script (@thescript) January 15, 2018
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