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Monday 25 June 2018

'My heart is broken and beyond repair' - Dolores' boyfriend

Singer Dolores O’Riordan died suddenly at a hotel in London
Singer Dolores O’Riordan died suddenly at a hotel in London

Dolores O'Riordan's boyfriend has paid an emotional tribute to her, saying he has lost the love of his life.

Ole Koretsky, who played with O'Riordan in alternative rock band D.A.R.K., said his "heart is broken and it is beyond repair" in a statement on the group's official website.

"My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone," he said.

"Dolores is beautiful. Her art is beautiful. Her family is beautiful. The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable.

"I am lost. I miss her so much. I will continue to stumble around this planet for some time knowing well there's no real place for me here now."

A post-mortem examination to determine how O'Riordan died will take place today.

The Cranberries singer's sudden death at a London hotel is not being treated as suspicious and an investigation is being carried out by the Westminster coroner.

The coroner will formally open an inquest tomorrow, but it will be immediately adjourned to a later date, as is standard practice in the UK. Following the post-mortem, it is expected that O'Riordan's body will be released to her family.

Plans are being made for her funeral, expected to take place in her native Limerick.

Her body was found in her room at the London Hilton on Park Lane by a chambermaid, just after 9am on Monday.

The New York-based singer had travelled to London to record a new version of her track Zombie with rock group Bad Wolves. In recent years, she had combined being in The Cranberries with writing with D.A.R.K.

The group includes Andy Rourke, former bassist with The Smiths, who also paid tribute to her.

"I am heartbroken by the unexpected passing of Dolores," he wrote on Twitter.

"I've enjoyed the years spent together and privileged to call her a close friend."

O'Riordan's unexpected death has led to a surge in sales of The Cranberries' back catalogue. On iTunes' top downloaded songs in Ireland yesterday, the band occupied nine of the top 10 spots, while in the album charts, they had the top four places.

Meanwhile, a DJ who was approached by a teenage O'Riordan with her first-ever demo tape has paid tribute to her.

Michael McNamara, better known as DJ Mickey Mac, was an institution in Limerick for up-and-coming musicians.

He recalled how O'Riordan first approached him as a schoolgirl and he was immediately blown away by her talent.

Shy

"I got the first tape. I was in 2FM from 1979 to 2000, so a lot of Limerick groups came to me with tapes," he told the Herald. "And I remember Dolores coming to me with her cassette and saying, 'What do you think?' This was way before she joined the Cranberries.

"She was so shy and so sweet, I think she was even in her school uniform at the time and I remember saying to her, 'You have to get this recorded'."

McNamara was taken by how fame never changed her.

"As a proud Limerick man, I followed her career. I suppose I was a bit frustrated that the first album was a slow mover. But then it all took off," he said.

"She never changed, she was so humble. You'd meet her and she'd nearly be apologising.

"She didn't want to be a superstar, I think she had a problem with being a superstar.

"I often think she would nearly have preferred to sing to friends at Dolan's warehouse in Limerick. I was trying to remember the last time we talked.

"I saluted her months ago on the street and she waved, but she was regularly on the streets of Limerick, no big deal. Dol-ores was just one of our own."

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