Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the cranberries, was pronounced dead on January, 15, and since her death, many have wondered what the cause of her death was. Witnesses told a coroner’s inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court on Thursday that 46-year-old O’Riordan was found submerged in her bathtub at a London hotel in January.
Her alcohol level was 330mg per 100ml of blood, more than four times the legal limit for driving. The court heard that she had struggled for many years with bipolar disorder and excessive drinking. An examination of her body showed no signs of injuries neither self-harm.
O’Riordan was found by a maid the morning after she checked into the hotel. She was submerged face up in the bath, wearing a long-sleeved vest and pajama bottoms. When paramedics arrived, police began performing CPR in the bathroom. Dolores was pronounced dead at 9:16 am. Coroner Shirley Radcliffe ruled O’Riordan’s death an accident.
TMZ reported that O’Riordan attempted to take her life back in 2013 by overdosing, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her emotional issues mostly came from her abusive childhood. O’Riordan battled a bad back and other health issues last year which forced the band to cancel their Europe and North America tour.
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.
Noel, Mike and Fergal
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) January 15, 2018
Following her death, her band-mates tweeted that “the world had lost a true artist.”