Annie Lennox pays tribute to 'brilliant' Dolores O'Riordan

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Bandmate and former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke added his own statement, writing: "I am heartbroken and devastated by the news of the sudden and unexpected passing of Dolores", said band mate and member of The Smiths Andy Rourke. "I don't think she was even aware of it", the band said in an interview with Inquirer editor Pocholo Concepcion.

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O'Riordan's publicist had confirmed earlier that the singer - whose band have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, with hits such as Linger and Zombie - was in London for a recording.

Ole had also retweeted Dolores' haunting final image posted to Twitter on January 4 - as she shared a snap with a cat and said she was "off to Ireland".

The coroner for Westminster is now leading the investigation into the sudden death of the mum-of-three at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on Monday. Police said the death was "unexplained" at the time, but since then, they've come to realize there was no evidence of a potential homicide.

The New York-based singer had travelled to London to record a new version of her track Zombie with rock group Bad Wolves.

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O'Riordan was catapulted to fame as a shy 22-year-old in 1993 when songs from her debut album were picked up by MTV. His band D.A.R.K. were recording new material with O'Riordan.

Dolores had a way of drawing you in through her voice, with Irish accent fully and proudly displayed.

She spoke of wanting to "make myself disappear" and in 2014 said: "I am not going to live that long".

Musicians across the world have started paying their tribute; the list includes Irish songwriter Hozier being "shocked and saddened" to him, O'Riordan's voice "threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of rock".

Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins said O'Riordan and The Cranberries "had an vast influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally". "Thoughts are with her family and friends". I'm absolutely gutted and I only knew her music. Ms O'Riordan went public some years ago about her fight with depression which she said was especially hard for her after her father Terence died in 2011 after a long battle with cancer.

Her body is expected to be returned to Ireland following the autopsy, where a funeral will be held in Limerick.