Inquest reveals that Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication
On January 15th 2018, Dolores O'Riordan was discovered submerged in her bathtub at the Hilton hotel in Park Lane, London. The cause of her death was not disclosed at the time, but many speculated that it could have been suicide, as the 46-year-old was known to have bipolar disorder and had previously attempted to take her own life back in 2013.
However, the inquest has now revealed that the Cranberries singer's death was accidental. According to their findings, her alcohol level was 330mg per 100ml of blood, which is more than four times the UK legal limit for driving (80mg). A search of her hotel room revealed that she had consumed at least five miniatures from the minibar, plus a 35cl bottle of champagne. It was also confirmed that she had ingested a normal amount of prescription drugs, including lorazepam, which may go some way to explaining how she passed out in the tub.
"There’s no evidence that this was anything other than an accident," said the coroner, Dr Shirley Radcliffe. "There was no intention, this seems to be solely a tragic accident."
At the time of her death, O'Riordan had been in London to record some new material with the band Bad Wolves, who released an emotional statement after her passing:
"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.
"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."
A tribute was also shared by the remaining members of Cranberries, with whom O'Riordan achieved fame and success through tracks such as Linger and Zombie.
"Today we continue to struggle to come to terms with what happened," they said in January.
"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."
The singer is survived by her three children, Taylor Baxter, Molly Leigh and Dakota Rain, whom she shared with Don Burton, Duran Duran's tour manager. She and Burton had split back in 2014 after a 20-year marriage. Our condolences are with all of them and anybody else who loved and cared for O'Riordan at this difficult time.