5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dolores O’Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan died on January 15, 2018, having drowned in a bathtub in a Hilton Hotel room. She had excessive alcohol in her system as well as a concoction of prescription drugs. Her death was ruled a tragic accident by the Westminster Coroner’s Court. It was neither a murder or a case of suicide because O’Riordan had no injuries or signs of self-harm. In memory of the deceased 47-year-old Irish singer, here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Dolores O’Riordan.

1. She was raised Catholic

Dolores O’Riordan was raised Catholic. Her mother was a devoted Catholic, so much so that she named her soon-to-be-a-star daughter after the Lady of the Seven Dolours. Being a celebrity, she did manage to get a chance to meet Pope John Paul IV… twice.

2. But had her flaws

Despite being raised Catholic and even bearing a name referring to the sorrows of Mary, O’Riordan was not the best person to be around – at least not on one Aer Lingus flight from New York to Shannon in November 2014. The ‘icon’ and ‘Queen’ of Limerick went into air rage, reminding crews and police that she, in fact, was an icon and the Queen of Limerick.

She was verbally abusive and even spat at one Garda and head-butted another. She went on to remind them that her bountiful taxes pay their measly salaries. What happened to the Lady of the Seven Dolours?

3. She was Bipolar

But then we can understand her mid-air tantrum. Dolores revealed that she was bi-polar and battled a whole sea of psychological problems. Suicidal thoughts always lingered in her mind and she actually tried to end her life by overdosing.

4. She was sexually abused by a family member

It appears there was no end to the legion of demons that plagued Dolores’ life. She was sexually abused for four years from the time she was 8. The episode did a number on her. She said she hated herself and thought it was her fault that she was abused.

5. She was anorexic

Although looking from afar into her life, many people would have loved to be Dolores. However, she told the Belfast Telegraph that she loathed herself and wanted to make herself disappear. She developed anorexia, drinking problems, depression, and would experience breakdowns from time to time.

“You get to the point where you want to die,” Dolores said, “because you think that you’ll get peace when you’re dead and you can’t get any worse than you are. We built a house in Dingle that we never lived in. It was around the time of (the third Cranberries’ album) To The Faithful Departed. All the songs were depressing and I was very depressed and I was extremely anorexic on that record and as it came out, I got progressively worse.”

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