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Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died from drowning due to alcohol intoxication

Cranberries vocalist Dolores O’Riordan, who died earlier this year (January 15th) was found submerged in her London hotel bathtub “still wearing her pajamas,” a police officer told the inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court.

“There’s no evidence that this was anything other than an accident,” Coroner Shirley Radcliffe said.

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Five miniature alcohol bottles and a bottle of champagne, all empty, were found in the room along with containers of prescription medication. Toxicology tests revealed a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit for driving in O’Riordan’s blood.

The Irish musician, singer and songwriter was 46-years-old. Her group The Cranberries formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989 achieved international fame in the 90s with their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, with songs such as “Dream,” “Zombie” and “Linger” catapulting them to #18 on the Billboards Top 200. The band sold over 40 million records worldwide and had four top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart.

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