The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan was found dead in her room at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Monday. People are speculating about her death, and though her cause of death is still unknown, some are worried that Dolores O’Riordan committed suicide.
The music industry is rocked by the sudden death of “Zombie” singer, Dolores O’Riordan. Police found the singer’s body on January 15, 2018, but have not yet released her cause of death. O’Riordan was open about her mental health struggles, including her battle with depression and bipolar disorder. Concerned fans are now wondering if the singer committed suicide.
Dolores O’Riordan’s Tumultuous Past
Dolores O’Riordan’s talent was inborn, and she began singing at the age of five. Before she was a teenager, she already began writing her own songs
However, the singer’s life was not easy. In an interview, O’Riordan revealed that she was sexually abused when she was just eight years old. For four years, she was touched inappropriately, forcibly masturbated, and made to perform oral sex on someone she trusted and knew well.
“It gets hard as well when you have daughters because you get flashbacks when you’re with them and when you are watching them. You wonder, ‘How can anyone get satisfaction in any way, you know?’” the “Linger” singer said.
In 2014, O’Riordan was arrested for “headbutting and spitting on a police officer,” to which she pleaded guilty. It was later diagnosed that she was suffering from hypomania and paranoia at the time, and did not make it to court because she was “too ill.” The Irish star was then diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and given a fine of £4,690, as the judge refused to convict someone suffering from a mental illness.
She leaves behind three children —Taylor, Mollie, and Dakota— with her ex-husband of two decades, Don Burton, whom she divorced in 2014. O’Riordan was 46 when she died.
Could Dolores O’Riordan Have Overdosed?
In 2013, the singer reportedly attempted to overdose after feeling a “terrible self-loathing,” but later said that she felt like she was supposed to “stay here for the kids.” It was around that time that she opened up about her struggles with substance abuse saying that after she drinks, “Everything is way worse the next morning. I chain smoke when I drink. I have a bad day when I have bad memories and I can’t control them and I hit the bottle. I kind of binge drink. That is kind of my biggest flaw at the moment.”
With her past revelation, fans are wondering if it is possible that O’Riordan’s death was a result of an overdose.
The singer’s family in Limerick, Ireland is devastated by her sudden passing, and Irish President Michael D. Higgins released a statement about her passing:
“To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts, her death will be a big loss.”