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The Cranberries: The Tragic Death of Dolores O'Riordan & Story Of The Band & 'Zombie'

May 24, 2024
The renegotiations Wake UP and Smell the Coffee would be the

band

's only release on MCA.   The album didn't even reach the top 40, but it still sold over a million copies worldwide. . Despite this, the

band

still sold out the tour and attracted thousands of fans per night. The band, who were unhappy with the promotion their last album had received, decided to end their relationship with their MCA label in 2003. O'Riordan would issue a statement saying: "Since signing in 1991 with Island Records, we have gone gradually." I've seen our label dissolve from a pioneering, independent label into a corporate monolith that completely lost touch with the group's creative vision", "Everyone we've worked with over the years has been fired or left company, so the band felt it. "It was time to move on to new opportunities."  It was reported at the time that The Cranberries would find a new label and release a new album, but in late 2003 it was announced that the members would take a hiatus and pursue individual music careers and spend more time with family.
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During their time apart, the members rarely saw each other. During his hiatus, O'Riordan recorded several solo albums and collaborated with other artists and the Cranberries regrouped in 2009, eventually releasing one of their strongest albums to date, Roses. In 2012, O'Riordan's life took a turn for the worse, as she dealt with addiction to pills and alcohol, and her marriage fell apart in 2014. That same year, she would be arrested for causing a disturbance on a flight and hitting her in the head. to a police officer to whom he reportedly told police (“You can't arrest me, I'm an icon!”). Fortunately, she would escape any jail time, but she would be diagnosed with bipolar.
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Following the dissolution of his marriage O'Riordan would move to New York and live in a variety of hotels for the time being and would start a new band called D.A.R.K along with Smith's former bassist Andy Rourke, releasing his only release on Science Agrees from 2016. O'Riordan's bandmates' mental health appeared to have improved in his later years. Fergal Lawler looked back and said: "It was only in the last few years that she started talking about psychological problems, because she didn't know about any different ones herself." "She was much more herself," "especially last year, when we were rehearsing: you wouldn't even know it, because they had done it." She found the right cocktail of whatever she needed.
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There wasn't even a case of having to "fix it." O'Riordan would return to the Cranberries in 2017 with the album Something Else, which was a mix of old and new songs performed unplugged and with an orchestra. That positivity seemed to follow her into 2017, as she kept busy with work looking to record the next dark album with producer Youth, while also working with The Cranberries and planning to record with American band Bad Wolfs a cover of the song Zombie.   The day before she was supposed to appear in the studio with Bad Wolves to record her part for Zombie, she was found dead.
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The week before entering the studio with Bad Wolves, she had flown to London from New York. In the early hours of January 15, she had also left two voicemails for a label executive named Dan Waite, whom she had known all along. 2000 that he had organized the collaboration with bad wolves. Her messages seemed positive talking about her children, discussing the new projects she was working on, as well as her enthusiasm for the Bad Wolves cover, while also being excited that rapper Eminem sampled

zombie

in his song In Your Head. In that same voicemail, she also sang a bit of Verve, a bittersweet symphony, a song that youth had produced.
She made a whole video about that song and the controversy. The link is below. But unfortunately, during the morning of January 15 at 9:16 a.m. m., she was found unconscious in her bathroom.  The cause of her

death

was determined to be accidental drowning. Prescription medications were found in her room and when autopsied they were found to be at therapeutic levels in her blood, but her blood alcohol level was quite elevated.  Just four days after her

death

, Bad Wolves released their version of Zombie as a single, where it topped the rock charts for several weeks and even had crossover appeal that peaked at #54 on the pop charts.
While O'Riordan loved Bad Wolves' version of the song, her bandmates did not feel the same way. Speaking to ABC News Radio, Cranberries drummer Fergal Lawler admitted: "I didn't really like it. It wasn't my cup of tea." while guitarist Noel Hogan, for his part, said that he thought the cover was released and I quote "a little early. For my taste, anyway. The whole thing seemed insensitive or something," he would say. After O'Riordan's death, Bad Wolves would donate a quarter of a million dollars from the song's profits to his children. The Cranberries would posthumously release their final album in late April 2019, several months after Delores' death.
The surviving members were able to reconstruct the demos she had made with the group before her death over the past year and worked with producer Stephen Street once again. Following O'Riordan's death, the surviving members of the Cranberries would announce that they would disband.

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