CRANBERRIES frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan actually used her final tweet to wish her cat goodbye as she flew to Ireland just days before her death in London today.
The Irish rock icon was staying at a hotel right in the capital as part of a short recording session when news of her death broke this evening.
bye bye Gio. We’re off to Ireland 🍀 pic.twitter.com/d6HKOFJqGB
— Dolores O’Riordan (@DolORiordan) 4 January 2018
Her publicist did not reveal any official details over the cause of her death, other than to say it was “sudden” and that her family are “devastated”.
Back on January 4, the 46-year-old took to Twitter to share an image of herself holding her beloved pet, adding the caption: “Bye bye Gio. We’re off to Ireland”.
Limerick native O’Riordan shot to fame way back in the 1990s off the back of her band’s now-iconic hit single ‘Zombie’.
She had most recently been performing along with the band D.A.R.K after The Cranberries cancelled the remaining dates of their European tour in May 2017 over the singer’s ‘health issues’.
The full statement from O’Riordan’s publicist reads: “Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old.
“The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time.
“Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
The Metropolitan Police in London have said Dolores O’Riordan’s death is being being treated as ‘unexplained’.
RIP Dolores O’Riordan