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Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Honored by Irish President Michael Higgins, James Corden, More

UPDATED: Artists and public figures ranging from Josh Groban to James Corden and even the president of Ireland took to Twitter to pay tribute to Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, who died early Monday of causes that were unclear at press time.

Shortly after O’Riordan’s death was announced, Irish president Michael D. Higgins issued the following statement:

“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, musician, singer and song writer,” he wrote. “Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally. I recall with fondness the late Limerick TD Jim Kemmy’s introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes. To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss.”

Los Angeles rock band Bad Wolves, who were scheduled to record with O’Riordan in London on the day of her death, issued a statement, as did their label chief Allen Kovac, who managed the Cranberries in the 1990s. She was to contribute vocals to their cover of the Cranberries’ hit “Zombie.”

Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext said in the statement: “We are shocked and saddened at the news of Dolores’s passing, mere hours before she was to record vocals on our upcoming version of ‘Zombie’ … When we heard she liked our version and wanted to sing on it, it was the greatest compliment a new band, or any band for that matter, could have received. Our hearts are broken that we were not able to see this collaboration through.”

Kovac said: “From the very first time I met Dolores, I knew she was a great talent. Managing the Cranberries and being part of making ‘Zombie’ one of the biggest records of its time was a great professional honor. So when Dan Waite called me suggesting a collaboration with Dolores and Bad Wolves’ on “Zombie,” I was excited to once again be a part of the magic she was able to create.”

Among the most moving tributes was Corden’s, who recalled meeting the singer when he was 15:

The remaining members of the Cranberries, Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler, said they were “devastated” and felt “very privileged to have been a part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries.”

Stephen Street, the band’s longtime producer, called her “my songbird.”

Former Kinks guitarist Dave Davies recalled seeing her just a few weeks ago:

 

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