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Cranberries' O'Riordan Died By Drowning: Inquest

An inquest into the death of Dolores O’Riordan has confirmed The Cranberries frontwoman died by drowning.

The Irish rocker, who died suddenly on 15 January, aged 46, was found submerged in the bath in her room at London's Park Lane Hilton hotel.

O’Riordan had no injuries or evidence of self-harm but she had drunk an excessive amount of alcohol, the Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

They said her death was the result of a "tragic accident.”

Constable Natalie Smart, who attended the scene, told the inquest she saw “Mrs O'Riordan submerged in the bath with her nose and mouth fully under the water.”

A toxicology report found that while she’d only taken “therapeutic amounts” of prescription medication, her blood alcohol level showed 330mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

The inquest also revealed that O’Riordan had bipolar disorder but responded well to treatment. She had spoken to psychiatrist Dr Seamus O Ceallaigh on 9 January and was in "good spirits".

The hearing was also told that she went through periods of excessive drinking but also periods of not drinking.


The Cranberries’ last album with O’Riordan’s vocals is set to be released in 2019.

A 25th anniversary reissue of their pivotal album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? is also set for release.

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