Dolores O’Riordan’s sudden death this week rocked the music world. While fans around the globe mourn O’Riordan’s untimely death, her final years were tragically marked with suicidal thoughts and severe bouts of depression stemming from earlier sexual abuse.
According to Radar Online, O’Riordan opened up about being sexually abused during an interview in the fall of 2013. The iconic singer revealed that she was first abused when she was only eight years old and the abuse continued for four years. The abuse had a significant impact on O’Riordan’s life and she went to great lengths to hide it.
Eventually, the memories sparked suicidal thoughts and caused severe bouts of depression. In a revealing interview, O’Riordan confessed that she attempted suicide in 2012 and underwent group therapy to help deal with her demons.
“You think it is your own fault. I buried it. It is what you do initially. You bury it because you are ashamed of it. You think: ‘Oh my God. How horrible and disgusting I am.’ You have this terrible self-loathing,” she shared in 2013.
O’Riordan came face to face with her abuser years later, after her father passed away from cancer. The singer was terrified at the prospects of meeting the man, who actually apologized for his actions. O’Riordan didn’t know how to react to the apology and consulted her priest on how to move forward. At the time, O’Riordan was preparing for a world tour. Sadly, it doesn’t sound like O’Riordan ever got over the abuse that ruined her life.
Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old.
Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time. Full Statement: https://t.co/L8K98BFpSM pic.twitter.com/ADEY51Xnwe
— The Cranberries (@The_Cranberries) January 15, 2018
O’Riordan was in London recording a new album when she passed. Last year, the Cranberries came out with a new acoustic project that featured some of their most popular songs. The group was forced to cancel a lot of their touring dates, however, because O’Riordan was fighting back issues.
The official cause of death has not been released, though police are not treating it as suspicious. O’Riordan’s family released a statement after her passing expressing their own shock at the news and asking for privacy while they mourn.
"Dolores O’Riordan always looked so small behind those big guitars, but with fragility there was fierceness, one of our own, the joy of an outsider owning it for herself, and for all of us" https://t.co/BXmgTwpIsW
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 17, 2018
A few days after O’Riordan’s death, a few of Irish music’s most iconic stars gathered in Dublin to pay tribute to her life and career. Playing at the National Concert Hall, Bono, Shane MacGowan of the Pogues, and Cerys Matthews from Catatonia sang songs in honor of the late O’Riordan. Hollywood star Johnny Depp was also in attendance.
Dolores O’Riordan was the lead singer for the Cranberries, whose hit songs include “Zombie,” “Dreams,” and “Linger.” The band, originating from Limerick, has over 40 million album sales worldwide. The 46-year-old died alone in her hotel room in London Monday night.