Dolores O’Riordan dead: Inquest into The Cranberries singer's death awaits test results

The inquest will continue on the 3 April

Jack Shepherd
Friday 19 January 2018 12:18
Dolores O’Riordan
Dolores O’Riordan

Tests have been carried out to determine how The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died, an inquest opening has heard.

The 46-year-old was found “unresponsive” at a central London hotel on Monday, 15 January, according to coroner's officer Stephen Earl said. She had travelled to the city for a short recording session with the band Bad Wolves.

"The London Ambulance Service was contacted and verified her death at the scene,” Earl said at the inquest.

The Metropolitan police attended the scene and determined the Irish singer’s death to be non-suspicious, the officer saying: "A post-mortem has now been carried out and the court is awaiting results of various tests that have been commissioned."

Coroner Shirley Radcliffe adjourned the hearing which will continue on the 3 April.

O’Riordan shot to fame as lead singer of The Cranberries, made up of brothers Noel Hogan and Mike Hogan, joining the band after reading an advertisement in a local paper in 1989.

They went on to sell over 40 million records around the world, O’Riordan later releasing the solo records Are You Listening? in 2007 and No Baggage in 2009.

Tributes have poured in from fans, friends, and fellow musicians who praised her as "unforgettable and inspirational". Irish President Michael D. Higgins praised O’Riordan’s and the band’s “immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally.”

In 2014, O'Riordan split from her husband of 20 years, former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton. They have three children together. No family were present at the court.

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