After decades of fronting the Irish rock band The Cranberries, singer Dolores O’Riordan passed away Monday at the age of 46. It didn’t take long for tributes to start pouring in on social media from other celebrities, especially those with their own connections to rock music.
“My first time hearing Dolores O’Riordan’s voice was unforgettable,” Hozier tweeted. “It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I’d never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family.”
“Noooooo!! Have always adored her songs and voice,” singer Josh Groban wrote.
O’Riordan passed on the same day she was set to record her vocals on the up-and-coming cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie” by Los Angeles hard rock band Bad Wolves. Former manager of The Cranberries Allen Kovac released an official statement, saying, “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. My heart goes out to her children, I hope they can find some peace despite this tragic event.”
Dan Waite, who organized today’s planned recording session as Eleven Seven International Managing Director, also shared his sentiments, saying, “The news that my friend Dolores has passed deeply shocked me. I worked with the Cranberries at Universal Records and have kept in touch ever since. Dolores left me a voice message just after midnight last night stating how much she loved Bad Wolves version of ‘Zombie;’ she was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals. She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and and my wife this week. The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children, and her mother.”
Check out a sampling of O’Riordan tribute tweets below.