Monday, January 15, 2018

1.15.18 Hero of the Day: Dolores O'Riordan


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Name: Dolores O'Riordan
Age: was 46
Occupation: lead singer of The Cranberries
Last Seen: singing with the angels
Awarded For: helping to write and sing the soundtrack of the 90s

The 1990s sure are over.

In only the past few years, we've lost Scott Weiland, Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell and Tom Petty, just to name a few.

Now, we can add Dolores O'Riordan to the list.

In 1990, a young woman joined a small, unknown Irish band called The Cranberry Saw Us. The band had lost their male lead singer, so they decided on a female. Well, it turned out to be a good move on their part.

Shortly after Delores joined the group, comprising of brothers Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler, The band was renamed The Cranberries and were signed to Island Records. Their first album, "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?" sold over five million copies in America alone and its first single, "Linger" became a gen-x love anthem. Soon, the band scored many other big hits, from the poppy ("Dreams" and "Free To Decide") to the hard-rocking "Zombie", a song inspired by two young boys that were killed during the IRA bombings in 1993 in England. Their songs were mostly written by Dolores and were standards on both pop and rock stations in the 1990s.

By the beginning of the 2000s, The Cranberries became more of an afterthought and in 2003, broke up. Dolores recorded two solo albums, but in 2009, the band reformed. The band recorded one studio album, "Roses" in 2012 and "Something Else" just last year, which contained re-worked acoustic covers of their classics with a live orchestra.

In recent years, Dolores had been dealing with bipolar disorder and was arrested for air rage in 2014. In 2013, Dolores tried to commit suicide after suffering a breakdown. She had been abused as a child and was also going through a divorce from her husband of 20 years. She had been dealing with health issues in the past few years that have caused the band to cancel dates. This morning, her body was found in a London hotel room. She was only 46. So far, they are calling her death mysterious.

The untimely death of Dolores O'Riordan has shocked the world. Growing up with her music, I'm saddened by her too-soon passing. My thoughts are with her family, especially her three children. If her death was drug-related, I hope and pray we can all learn from it and move on in a positive manner. Mental illness is something that must be addressed and worked on.

Thankfully, the music will live on forever. 



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