An investigation into the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has ruled it a “tragic accident.”
O’Riordan was found in a bathtub in London’s Park Lane Hilton in January. The coroner in her case announced Thursday she had “drunk an excessive amount of alcohol,” but there was “no injuries or evidence of self-harm.”
In a statement, her former bandmates ask for continued privacy for them and O’Riordan’s family, especially her children.
“Dolores will live on eternally in her music. To see how much of a positive impact she had on people’s lives has been a source of great comfort to us,” they said.
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) September 6, 2018
Alcohol, prescription drugs found in room
The BBC reports that there were empty bottles of alcohol in her hotel room at the time of her death, including five miniature bottles and a bottle of champagne, in addition to prescription drugs with some left in each bottle. However, toxicology tests found only “therapeutic” amounts of medication in her body when she died, meaning she didn’t overdose on something or abuse any of the medications.
Her blood alcohol level was 330 mg of alcohol for 100 ml of blood, a rate four times over the 80 mg legal limit for driving.
And as it turns out, this inquest information was released on what would’ve been the singer’s 47th birthday.
“We remain heart-broken and miss her every single day, even more so today as it would coincidentally have been her 47th birthday,” her family said in a statement. “We were profoundly shocked by Dolores’s sudden death. She had many plans, both personal and professional, for her future. Dolores’s legions of fans from all over the world knew her as a hugely talented songwriter, feisty performer and as an energetic, charismatic young woman possessed of a unique singing voice. We knew Dolores as a loyal daughter, fun-loving sister and above all a dedicated loving mother to her children Taylor, Molly and Dakota.”
A lasting legacy in music
It might come as some comfort that her death has been ruled accidental. Those close to the singer said she had been in good spirits, excited about making music again and preparing to go into the studio to add her vocals to a cover of “Zombie” by Bad Wolves. The band has since made a donation of $250,000 to O’Riordan’s family from sales and streams of their version of the song.
While famously Irish and proud of her roots, O’Riordan and her family spent plenty of time in Canada. She had a cottage just north of Peterborough, Ontario, and she tweeted late last year about heading to Toronto to see her family.