Cranberries drummer posts emotional message on anniversary of Dolores O’Riordan’s death

Dolores O’Riordan

A bandmate of Cranberries legend Dolores O’Riordan posted an emotional tribute to the frontwoman on the second anniversary of her death.

O’Riordan passed in London away aged 46 on 15th January 2018 after drowning in her bath.

There was an outpouring of grief following her death with stars such as Bono, Michael Stipe, Sinead O’Connor, Adele, Slash and many others making tributes to the star.

Dolores O’Riordan

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins both paid their respects, while in America an image of O’Riordan appeared on the screen at Madison Square Garden during a New York Ranger game.

Fergal Lawler was the drummer for the band from its formation in 1989 until they released their final album in 2019.

He was moved to post a message to fans after hearing the Cranberries’ classic 1993 hit ‘Linger’ on the radio.

He said that hearing the song on the anniversary of O’Riordan’s death made him feel both happy and sad.

Lawler posted to the Cranberries’ Twitter account: “Ferg here. It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since Dolores’s passing.

“Linger was playing on the radio this morning, listening to it was both sad + uplifting. Sad because she has passed but uplifting because she will always be with us through her voice and her songs.”

In 2019, the Cranberries were nominated for their first ever Grammy award for their final album ‘In The End’.

The album features O’Riordan’s vocals that she recorded before her death and was completed and released by the rest of the band in 2019.

It was nominated for a Grammy in the best Rock Album category, with the winner to be announced on 26th January.

On receiving the nomination the band said: “We are humbly honoured with the news that our final album ‘In the End’ has been nominated for a 2020 Grammy in the category of Best Rock Album.

“It’s a fitting tribute to Dolores and her truly amazing talents. She would be immensely proud.”

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