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Regret over Dolores O'Riordan's death

Dolores O'Riordan, who died suddenly in London yesterday at the age of 46, went from relative obscurity in her native Limerick to becoming an internationally acclaimed singer while still in her early 20s.

She sold over 40 million records worldwide with The Cranberries, including massively successful singles like Linger and Zombie, toured to packed houses at major venues across Europe and the US, and was named in 2006 as among the ten richest women in Ireland.

However, the mother of three struggled to cope with her huge profile, was diagnosed with a bipolar condition and stopped performing for some years after saying openly that she was sick of being famous.

Her issues were well documented, but she was by any standards a hugely talented performer, and there will be widespread regret over her premature passing.

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