According to a report released by BBC News today, The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication. In what the coroner termed “a tragic accident” the west London coroner’s court heard during an inquest that she had been drinking heavily before she was found dead in room 2005 of the Park Lane Hilton hotel in Park Lane, London in the morning of January 15. She was found by a maid the morning after she checked into the hotel. She was submerged face up in the bath, wearing a long-sleeved vest and pyjama bottoms. When paramedics arrived, police were performing CPR on her in the bathroom. At 9:16 a.m., she was declared dead.
Her alcohol level was 330mg per 100ml of blood, more than four times the legal limit for driving. There was also evidence of smoking and use of prescription drugs, including lorazepam.
Earlier today, the surviving members of The Cranberries bandmates released the following statement: “On January 15th 2018 we lost our dear friend and band mate Dolores O’Riordan. Today we continue to struggle to come to terms with what happened. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dolores’ children and her family and our thoughts are with them today. Dolores will live on eternally in her music. To see how much of a positive impact she had on people’s lives has been a source of great comfort to us. We’d like to say thank you to all of our fans for the outpouring of messages and their continued support during this very difficult time. We request, please, for our privacy to be respected at this time.”
O’Riordan was set to record her vocals on Bad Wolves’ cover of The Cranberries’ most famous and successful song, “Zombie” the day that she died. Bad Wolves ended up releasing the song without her contribution, donating all proceeds of the single in a fund for her children, in her memory.