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Dolores O'Riordan: Police not treating death of Cranberries singer as suspicious

The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)

The Metropolitan police in London have confirmed they are not treating the death of The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan as suspicious.

The 46-year-old was found dead at the London Hilton Hotel on Monday.

A spokesperson for the police also said that a report will now be compiled for a coroner.

Meanwhile, the singer was "full of life, joking and excited" in a final phone call to a friend, it has been revealed.

Dolores was in London to record a cover of the Cranberries hit Zombie with band Bad Wolves when she died suddenly in her hotel room.

Her record label boss Dan Waite said he received a call from Dolores on Sunday night.

Managing director of record company Eleven Seven Music, Waite, said in a statement yesterday: "The news that my friend Dolores has passed deeply shocked me. I worked with the Cranberries at Universal Records and have kept in touch ever since.

"Dolores left me a voice message just after midnight last night stating how much she loved Bad Wolves' version of Zombie. She was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals.

"She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week. The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children and her mother."

The remaining members of The Cranberries have posted a tribute to their band mate.

The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)
The Cranberries perform at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Wednesday, 17 May, 2017. (Bernie McAlister)

Following news the Irish singer had passed away in London, Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler took to social media to express their sadness over losing their friend.

They wrote: "We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores.

"She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries.

"The world has lost a true artist today."

Tributes have been pouring in for the Limerick born star, including from Irish President Michael D Higgins, who said: "It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O'Riordan, musician, singer and songwriter.

"Dolores O'Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally.

"I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy's introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes.

"To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss."

Irish band Kodaline also offered condolences, writing on Twitter: "Absolutely shocked to hear about the passing of Dolores O'Riordan."

Irish singer Hozier said: "My first time hearing Dolores O'Riordan's voice was unforgettable. It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of rock.

"I'd never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family."

Boyzone singer Ronan Keating added: "Totally shocked at the news about Dolores O Riordan  an incredible talent and a lovely soul. My prayers  are with her family and loved ones."

The internationally renowned musician was in London for a recording session when she died suddenly.

A statement added: "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."

O'Riordan enjoyed success with the band in the 1990s with hit singles including Linger and Zombie.

The Cranberries last performed in Belfast at the Waterfront Hall in May 2017.

Following the gig the band cancelled a string of shows after O'Riordan was instructed by her doctors to stop working for a month for medical reasons associated with a back problem.

A further set of shows in North America, due to take place in September and October, were cancelled in July.

O'Riordan was mother to son Taylor and daughters Molly and Dakota.

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