Singer Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries dies

Dolores O'Riordan. File photo.

The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan has died in London at the age of 46, her publicist has confirmed.

The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie.

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."

It added: "Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

O’Riordan was an ally to the LGBT+ community. 

"People should be able to be able to do whatever they want with their lives. A person’s sexual preference is their own business. I love the gay community. I mean, some of the greatest geniuses—people like Freddie Mercury, for example--have been gay....It annoys me that anyone would be judgmental of someone because of their sexual preference," O’Riordan said in an interview with ChicagoPride.

In 2017 The Cranberries announced a tour including dates in Europe, the UK, and the U.S.

However, in May 2017, shortly into the European tour, The Cranberries had to cancel the remainder of the European dates as a result of O'Riordan's health issues.

The official Cranberries website cited these issues as being problems with the singer's back.

The Cranberries shot to international fame with their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? and went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide.

The Gayly 1/15/2018 @ 11:50 a.m. CST