Coroner: The Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Accidentally Drowned After Drinking
An inquest found Dolores O'Riordan died accidentally from drowning due to alcohol intoxication.
The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan died accidentally by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, a coroner's inquest has concluded.
A police officer told the inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court that a pajama-clad O'Riordan wason the morning of January 15, 2018.
The 46-year-old singer didn't leave a note and there was no evidence of self-harm.
Five miniature alcohol bottles and a bottle of champagne were found in the room, and toxicology tests revealed a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit for driving. "Therapeutic" amounts of prescription medication were also found, the inquest heard.
Coroner Shirley Radcliffe said O'Riordan died from drowning because of alcohol intoxication.
"There's no evidence that this was anything other than an accident," she said.
Inquests are held in Britain to determine the facts in sudden, violent or unexplained deaths. O'Riordan's inquest was held on what would have been her 47th birthday.
The Cranberries formed in the Irish city of Limerick at the end of the 1980s and had international hits in the '90s with songs including Dream, Linger and Zombie.
O'Riordan had suffered physical and mental health problems over the years, with The Cranberries cutting short a world tour in 2017 due to the singer's back problems. However, in December, the singer tweeted, "Feeling good! I did my first bit of gigging in months at the weekend, performed a few songs at the Billboard annual staff holiday party in New York with the house band. Really enjoyed it!"
She had also spoken in interviews about being sexually abused as a child aswell as her battles with depression and a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
At the time of her death, O'Riordan was in London for a recording session and was planning a tour.
"For anyone who grew up in Ireland in the 1990s, Dolores O'Riordan was the voice of a generation," Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said after her death.
The other members of The Cranberries said in a statement on Thursday that they "continue to struggle to come to terms with what happened".
Her family said through O'Riordan's publicist that they were "devastated".
"Dolores will live on eternally in her music," they said.
"To see how much of a positive impact she had on people's lives has been a source of great comfort to us."