The last person 'The Cranberries' singer Dolores O'Riordan spoke to reveals her final message
Yesterday, news broke that the singer and frontwoman of the iconic 1990s band The Cranberries had passed away suddenly at just 46 years old. Dolores O'Riordan was found just after 9 am in a Hilton hotel in London, where she had been staying while recording some material with the band Bad Wolves.
Though her cause of death is still being described as "unexplained" by metropolitan police, the singer was described by friends as "dreadfully depressed", and she was known to have attempted suicide in 2013.
However, the last person who heard from the Limerick-born musician said she sounded "full of life" when she left him a message just after midnight on the day she died.
Dan Waite, the international managing director of record company Eleven Seven Music, had been in contact with O'Riordan because he was working with Bad Wolves on their upcoming album, but the pair had known each other for years. She had called him in the early hours of Monday morning and left a message after he didn't pick up.
Now, in a statement, Waite has disclosed what was going through her mind just hours before she passed away.
"The news that my friend Dolores has passed deeply shocked me. I worked with the Cranberries at Universal Records and have kept in touch ever since," Waite said.
He went on:
"Dolores left me a voice message just after midnight last night stating how much she loved Bad Wolves’ version of Zombie. She was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals.
"She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week. The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children and her mother."
The singer was due to record the new version of her famous 1994 hit, Zombie, today.
Bad Wolves have released a statement on O'Riordan's death, saying:
"We are shocked and saddened at the news of Dolores’s passing, mere hours before she was to record vocals on our upcoming version of Zombie. We have always had deep respect for her as an artist and a vocalist and she was never afraid to bare her soul in her music and lyrics."
They went on:
"Our hearts are broken that we were not able to see this collaboration through and our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends, loved ones and fans in Ireland and around the globe. We hope we can still make her proud by sharing our version of Zombie with the world."
Tributes from other musicians have also been pouring in across social media, with the remaining members of The Cranberries offering their own brief dedication to the woman they describe as being an "extraordinary talent".
The band had been due to tour around Europe and the US last year, but were forced to cancel due to O'Riordan's medical problems. She had been suffering with severe back pain, and was advised by doctors to postpone the series of gigs.
It is not yet known if this contributed to her death.