‘Tragic accident'

Coroner’s report says death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan was not a suicide

Irish singer Dolores O'Riordan of the Irish band The Cranberries. (GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)

An inquest into the death of late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan in January resolved on Thursday with a coroner concluding that the popular musician accidentally drowned in the bathtub of her London hotel room while intoxicated. According to coroner Shirley Radcliffe, O’Riordan had been diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder but had been treated successfully and there was “no evidence” to show that the singer had committed suicide.

“There was no intention,” said Radcliffe. “This seems to be solely a tragic accident.”

The inquest revealed that O’Riordan had drank five miniature alcohol bottles, a half-bottle of champagne, and smoked a large number of cigarettes before she passed out fully clothed in the bath and drowned. Medicines legally prescribed to the singer were also found in her room, but toxicology reports confirmed that O’Riordan hadn’t taken excessive amounts of any of them. Her psychiatrist, Séamus Ó Ceallaigh, said that she had been in “good spirits” during a consultation just six days before her death at the Park Lane hotel on January 15th, and that she had been responding positively to treatment for her bipolarity.

The Cranberries star had been renowned for her powerful voice and unflinching condemnation of the violence that occurred during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. O’Riordan, 46, is survived by her ex-husband and three children.

Read the full story at The Irish Times.

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