Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan’s Death Ruled As “Tragic Accident”

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The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan’s death has been ruled as drowning due to alcohol intoxication, an inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court has heard, the BBC reports.

O’Riordan was found submerged in her London hotel room bathtub on January 15. She was 46.

The coroner said she died as a result of a “tragic accident.” There were no signs of injury or self-harm, with expert witnesses saying she drank an excessive amount of alcohol.

“I saw Mrs O’Riordan submerged in the bath with her nose and mouth fully under the water,” said PC Natalie Smart.

Toxicology reports indicated that O’Riordan had only consumed “therapeutic amounts” of medication, but her blood alcohol level was over four times the legal limit.

O’Riordan was in London preparing to record new material, with plans to tour afterward.

She left behind three children with former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton. The couple split in 2014.

The Cranberries released a statement alongside the coroner’s investigation:

For more details on the inquest, visit the BBC’s report by clicking here.


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