“Dolores was the familiarity of vulnerability, the honest human experience of living with inner turmoil. She was also the sisterly familiarity of the will and zest to embrace the fullness of living. Here in Limerick, we mourn the loss of our sister,” goes the words of Áine NicCharthaigh from Limerick in a memories-sharing-article of The Irish Times for Dolores O’Riordan.
The death of the Cranberries lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan has left the world a place emptier after a statement on Monday, January 15th by her publicist confirming that Limerick singer suddenly passed away.
The world would perhaps best remember Dolores O’Riordan and the Cranberries for hits like Zombie, the epic anti-war rock anthem inspired by IRA bombings as of 1993, but also divinely gentler tracks such as Linger and Dreams, all of which has played a part in defining the 1990s in music, style, and rhythm. The Cranberries’ debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? from 1993 has sold more than 40 million records worldwide, helping the band reach a peak of fame already by 1995. They continued producing new material and toured until 2003 when the band stopped activities.
In 2017, the Cranberries reunited, were planning for a new tour, however, O’Riordan had to cancel after complaining of back pain. At the time of her death, the singer was in London, working on new material. The reason for her passing away is yet to be revealed.
And perhaps there was something more shocking to her death than it had previously been for other artists, though any comparisons would be stupid. When people on social media learned the mourning news, they did not wait for much to start sharing songs from twenty years ago when they have been teenagers or just kids, and it was just different.
Perhaps it was a snowball effect, a yarn of 1990s nostalgia that got unraveled as the news spoke. Newsfeed at Facebook went overwhelmed by friends posting the favorite track, and many a time these were not the most famous songs that the band had. Comments of people hinted at memories of their earlier days, people most often now in their twenties and thirties. It was simultaneously like a catharsis process, almost undetectable mourning also of a world now lost, one which was still not so harshly exposed to the internet.
Therefore, besides the shock that it happened too early at 46, O’Riordan’s death was also a reminder to everyone of that world in which the Cranberries music vividly lives, where life is more real, more visceral. A universe that is, that was, all too familiar of the will and zest to embrace the fullness of living.
“Dolores’ legacy will be her music,” were also the words of the Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan and bandmate of Dolores. He said in a statement for the Rolling Stone: “She was so passionate about it. There are songs I hear today that we wrote over 20 years ago, and I see and hear people singing along with them. There are only a few artists who get to have maybe one song they are remembered by. Dolores has so many. It’s a great legacy.”
O’Riordian is survived by her former husband Don Burton and three children they had together.