Dolores O'Riordan's partner says he has lost 'the love of my life'

'I will continue to stumble around this planet for some time knowing well there’s no real place for me here now.'

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
@Roisin_OConnor
Thursday 18 January 2018 10:21
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Dolores O'Riordan performs with The Cranberries in Paris 1999

The partner of Dolores O’Riordan has issued a statement following news of her death, calling the iconic frontwoman of The Cranberries "the love of my life".

Ole Koretsky, who played with O’Riordan in the alt-rock band D.A.R.K., released his statement via the band’s official website.

“My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone,” he wrote. “My heart is broken and it is beyond repair. Dolores is beautiful. Her art is beautiful. Her family is beautiful.

"The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable. I am lost. I miss her so much. I will continue to stumble around this planet for some time knowing well there’s no real place for me here now.”

Bandmate and former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke added: “I am heartbroken and devastated by the news of the sudden and unexpected passing of Dolores.

“I have truly enjoyed the years we spent together and feel privileged to call her a close friend. It was a bonus to work with her in our band D.A.R.K. and witness firsthand her breathtaking and unique talent.

"I will miss her terribly. I send my love and condolences to her family and loved ones.”

O'Riordan fronted The Cranberries band from 1990 to 2003, and was a part of their reunion in 2009 after a hiatus.

Police confirmed this week that her death is not being treated as suspicious, and the case has been passed on to a coroner.

O’Riordan’s publicist requested privacy for O'Riordan's family at this difficult time.

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