In January the world mourned the loss of Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish rock band, The Cranberries. Ruled then as a “tragic accident” in the coroner’s statement, details have now been released describing the state O’Riordan was found in.
According to the BBC, O’Riordan died from drowning caused by alcohol intoxication.
“She had no injuries or evidence of self-harm, and had drunk an excessive amount of alcohol, expert witnesses said. She had been in the Park Lane Hilton hotel as part of a recording trip ahead of a 2018 tour. PC Natalie Smart, who attended the scene, told the inquest: ‘I saw Mrs. O’Riordan submerged in the bath with her nose and mouth fully under the water.’ The inquest heard that there were empty bottles in the room – five miniature bottles and a bottle of champagne – as well as containers of prescription drugs with a quantity of tablets in each container.”
Though O’Riordan’s blood showed only “therapeutic” levels of medication, her blood alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit for driving.
The Cranberries were catapulted to worldwide fame in the 90s for their songs like “Zombie,” “Dreams,” and “Linger.” The band’s official Twitter account requests for privacy during this trying time.
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) September 6, 2018