Cranberries singer drowned accidentally in bath

Late singer-songwriter Dolores O’Riordan, frontwoman of the multi-million-selling rock band The Cranberries, accidentally drowned in a hotel bath, a coroner ruled. (AFP)
Updated 06 September 2018
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Cranberries singer drowned accidentally in bath

  • The singer, who died aged 46, was found in the bath in her room at the Park Lane Hilton hotel on January 15
  • Zombie, an angry response to the deadly Northern Ireland conflict, hit number one across Europe

LONDON: Late singer-songwriter Dolores O’Riordan, frontwoman of the multi-million-selling rock band The Cranberries, accidentally drowned in a hotel bath, a coroner ruled Thursday.
The singer, who died aged 46, was found in the bath in her room at the Park Lane Hilton hotel on January 15.
Coroner Shirley Radcliffe in London ruled that the cause of death was accidental drowning, but found no evidence of injuries or self harm.
Policewoman Natalie Smart described attending the scene and finding O’Riordan “submerged in the bath with her nose and mouth fully under the water.”
“There’s no evidence that this was anything other than an accident,” said the coroner.
The Cranberries achieved international success in the 1990s with their debut album “Everyone Else is Doing it, So Why Can’t We?,” which included the hit single “Linger.”
Follow-up album “No Need to Argue” went to number one in Australia, France and Germany, and number 6 in the United States.
The album also gave rise to politically-charged single “Zombie,” an angry response to the deadly Northern Ireland conflict, which hit number one across Europe. The band sold around 40 million records worldwide.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was among the first to pay tributes, calling O’Riordan “the voice of a generation.”
Around 200 people, including her mother, her three children and her six siblings, attended her funeral, which was held at Saint Ailbe’s church in Ballybricken, outside the western city of Limerick, on January 23.


Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

Updated 22 September 2018
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Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

  • Rihanna's home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism
  • The singer has scored 14 number-one singles on the US Billboard chart

NEW YORK: Rihanna is now Ambassador Rihanna, after her home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said that Rihanna — real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty — has been conferred the title of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary.
While the singer will not be formally accredited to another country, Mottley said that Rihanna — whose more colorful songs include “Bitch Better Have My Money” — would be in charge of bringing investment as well as encouraging education and tourism.
“I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country. Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility,” Rihanna said in a statement dated Thursday.
Rihanna, 30, grew up in a troubled home in Barbados and was propelled to fame after visiting US producer Evan Rogers recognized her talents.
The singer, who since achieving stardom has lived primarily in Los Angeles and New York, has scored 14 number-one singles on the US Billboard chart, more than any artist except The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey.