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Metropolitan Police are investigating circumstances surrounding sudden death of Dolores O'Riordan

Police in London are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of singer Dolores O'Riordan.

A statement issued by Scotland Yard this evening said police officers in Westminster were called to a hotel in Park Lane in London at approximately 9.05am today.

"A woman in her mid 40s was pronounced dead at the scene.

"At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained. Enquiries continue."

A spokesperson confirmed to independent.ie that the circumstances surrounding her death are being investigated.

The Cranberries frontwoman was in London for a short recording session and had suffered from ill health in recent times, according to a statement issued on behalf of her family.

No further details are available at this time.

In a short statement, it said that family members are "devastated" to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.

A spokeswoman for London Hilton, on Park Lane, said: "It is with deep regret that we can confirm a guest sadly passed away at the hotel on Monday 15th January.

"We offer our sincere condolences to their family at this difficult time.

"Team members acted swiftly to alert the Metropolitan Police and we are cooperating fully with their investigation.

"All further enquiries should be directed to the police."

The Cranberries were one of Ireland's biggest bands of the last 20 years.

Formed in the late 1980s, they shot to fame after their debut album 'Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We' was released in 1993.

The band have sold over 40million records worldwide.

Irish Independent

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