UK: Cranberries singer's death accidental, probe finds

By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal

LONDON (AA) – Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of famous Irish rock band The Cranberries, drowned in her hotel room’s bath as a result of excessive alcohol intake, a judicial inquiry revealed Thursday.

The inquiry by West London Coroner’s Court heard she had been drinking heavily before she was found dead in a room at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane on January 15.

"Irish and international singer Dolores O'Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old," a statement from her publicist had said on the day of the incident.

O'Riordan was in London for a short stay to conduct a recording session.

She was found submerged in the bathtub and declared dead shortly after 9 a.m.

"There’s no evidence that this was anything other than an accident. There was no intention, this seems to be solely a tragic accident," the coroner, Dr. Shirley Radcliffe, said.

The Cranberries, formed in 1989 and sold over 40 million records, came to international fame with their 1993 album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? and produced popular hits such as Zombie and Linger.

O'Riordan was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1971, and joined the band in 1990.