The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan was found dead aged 46 on January 15
Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan accidentally drowned in the bath after a night of heavy drinking alone in her hotel room, an inquest heard today.
The Irish singer was found 'face up in the bath dressed in her pyjamas' fully-clothed in the bath of her room at London's Hilton Park Lane on January 15.
The 46-year-old mother-of-three from Kilmallock, County Limerick, who had battled alcoholism, had drunk spirits and champagne and was four times over the legal drinking limit when she died.
Her inquest was held today at Westminster Coroner's Court on what would have been her 47th birthday. There was no evidence or self-harm and no suicide note in her room.
The inquest heard that there were empty bottles in the room - five miniature bottles and a bottle of champagne.
The hearing, which was attended by O'Riordan's mother Eileen, brother PJ and sister-in-law, was told that she was in touch with room service at around midnight.
The inquest was attended by O'Riordan's relatives today, including her mother Eileen (centre), brother PJ (right) and a sister-in-law (left)
Police foundthe minibar was activated around 2am,and she phoned her mother at around 3am. She was later found unresponsive and confirmed dead at 9.16am.
PC Natalie Smart, who attended the scene, said: 'I saw Mrs O'Riordan submerged in the bath with her nose and mouth fully under the water.'
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'There was a third of a bottle of champagne and several miniature bottles of alcohol. There was a quantity of tablets left that were in the bottles.
'We did a full skin and body check; no marks, no blood in the water, no injuries. There were no signs of disturbance and the door was locked from the inside.'
O'Riordan's mother Eileen was present today along with the singer's brother and sister-in-law
This is O'Riordan's last Twitter post, on January 4, in which she is pictured with her cat Gio
Asked by the coroner whether there was any sign of a note, she said: 'Not that we could find. There was nothing left behind - no note.'
London Ambulance Service paramedic Mark Vials said in a statement that she was found face up in the bath 'wearing a long-sleeved vest and pyjama bottoms'.
Prescription drugs were found and she had got through a pack of cigarettes. Tests showed only 'therapeutic' amounts of medication in O'Riordan's blood.
But they also revealed 330mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood - meaning she was more than four times the 80mg legal limit for driving.
O'Riordan, pictured with her boyfriend and D.A.R.K. bandmate Ole Koretsky in May 2017
Mr Koretsky posted this image of him with O'Riordan on January 20, five days after her death
Ms O'Riordan had abstained from alcohol for most of the last three years but relapsed during a trip to Canada, the court heard.
Her psychiatrist, Seamus O'Ceallaigh, said: 'There was (alcohol abuse) although Dolores had maintained sobriety over prolonged periods.'
Dr O'Cellaigh told the court that he had last seen O'Riordan on January 9 and she seemed in 'good spirits,no thoughts of suicide, no evidence of self-harm'.
He added:'She said she was planning to release two new albums and looking forward to the future. She had plans for her life.'
O'Riordan was found unresponsive in her hotel room at the Hilton on Park Lane(file picture)
Dr O'Cellaigh said O'Riordan was likely in the midst of an 'episode of mania' or 'elevated mood' at the time of her death, according to the Daily Mirror.
The singer's American psychiatrist, Dr Robert Hirschfield, said they last spoke on December 26 last year.
He said in a statement read to the court: 'She said that she was doing well overall. She wasn't drinking, little sad on Christmas Day but no thoughts of suicide.'
The court heard how Dolores had written a suicide note in September last year but lost consciousness before completing it.
The Cranberries formed in Limerick in the 1980s and had international hits in the 1990s
Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said: 'Dolores O'Riordan was a hugely successful singer with a very supportive family and children; clearly much loved by many people.
What is bipolar disorder and how is it managed?
Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, can cause people to have extreme mood swings.
It gives them episodes of depression - feeling very low and lethargic - and mania, feeling very high and overactive.
Each extreme episode of the condition can last for several weeks, and some sufferers may not often experience a 'normal' mood.
Treatment options for managing bipolar disorder include mood stabilisers or psychological treatment, such as talking therapy.
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'She had a shortish history of bipolar which she sought treatment for but it would seem she had no significant relapse of mental health.
'But there was an ongoing problem with intermittent alcohol misuse. On January 15 she was found deceased in her hotel room.
'There was no evidence that this anything other than an accident. There was no evidence of intention, it seems it was nothing but a solely a tragic accident.'
Coroner Officer, Stephen Earl, described the Irish singer as a 'loving daughter and dedicated and loving mother'.
Police determined her death was not suspicious but an earlier inquest was delayed as 'various tests' were required.
The Cranberries formed in the Irish city of Limerick at the end of the 1980s and shot to fame with their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?.
They went on to sell more than 40million records and had international hits in the 1990s with songs including Dream, Linger and Zombie.
O'Riordan, who suffered bipolar disorder and depression throughout her career, had a distinctive and powerful Irish voice which helped fuel the band's rise.
O'Riordan had been staying at the London Hilton on Park Lane during a recording trip
The Cranberries split in 2003 before reforming in 2009. In 2014, O'Riordan split from her husband of 20 years, former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton.
Then in 2017, The Cranberries announced a tour including dates in Europe, the UK, and the US.She had also been working on a new studio album with the bad.
But last May - shortly into the European tour - the group had to cancel the remainder of the European dates as a result of O'Riordan's health issues.
Dolores had been in London to record a cover version of The Cranberries classic Zombie with the band Bad Wolves - a track which was posthumously released.
O'Riordan's distinctive and powerful voice helped fuel The Cranberries' rapid rise in the 1990s
Following her death, her boyfriend and D.A.R.K. bandmate Ole Koretsky said 'the love of my life is gone' .
Mr Vials said 'her partner' was in the room next door but it is not known if he was referring to DJ and producer Mr Koretsky, who O'Riordan began dating in 2017.
Her bandmates - Noel Hogan, Fergal Lawler and Mike Hogan - said after the hearing today: 'On January 15 2018 we lost our dear friend and band mate Dolores O'Riordan.
'Today we continue to struggle to come to terms with what happened. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dolores' children and her family and our thoughts are with them today.
'Dolores will live on eternally in her music. To see how much of a positive impact she had on people's lives has been a source of great comfort to us.
People queue to pay their respects to O'Riordan at St Joseph's Church in Limerick in January
'We'd like to say thank you to all of our fans for the outpouring of messages and their continued support during this very difficult time.'
Her mother Eileen said previously that she spoke to her daughter at 2am on the morning she died, just seven hours before the singer was found.
She said: 'I got a call around nine o'clock the same morning that something was wrong. It was a couple of hours before I knew what happened. It didn't sink in.'
Sales and streams of The Cranberries' back catalogue rocketed by 1,000 per cent in the days after her death.
The coffin of O'Riordan is taken into a church in Ballybricken ahead of her funeral in January
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar was among the first to pay tribute to O'Riordan in January, calling her 'the voice of a generation'.
Around 200 people, including her mother, her three children and her six siblings, attended her funeral.
It was held at Saint Ailbe's church in Ballybricken, outside the western city of Limerick, on January 23.
The cause of her death was found to be drowning due to excessive alcohol consumption.
How Dolores O'Riordan turned into a global star after answering an ad
Dolores O'Riordan was born on September 6, 1971 in Ballybricken, Ireland.
In 1990, she answered an ad from a local band in nearby Limerick city - then called The Cranberry Saw Us - that was looking for a lead singer.
A name change and a confluence of factors turned The Cranberries into international stars. Their guitar-based sound had an alternative-rock edge at a time when grunge was storming the music scene.
Dolores O'Riordan (pictured at Dublin Castle in 2000) was a charismatic lead singer
The band's songs - on which O'Riordan was chief lyricist and co-songwriter - had a Celtic-infused tunefulness.
And in O'Riordan the group had a charismatic lead singer with a distinctively powerful voice.
Heavy play on MTV for their debut single 'Dream' and the singles that followed helped bring the group to the attention of a mass audience.
The Cranberries' 1993 debut album, 'Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?', sold millions of copies and produced the hit single 'Linger.'
The follow-up, 'No Need to Argue,' sold in even greater numbers and contained 'Zombie,' a visceral howl against Northern Ireland's violent Troubles that topped singles charts in several countries.
O'Riordan (pictured in Tirana in 2007)was one of Ireland's richest women
The band released three more studio albums before splitting up in 2003.
O'Riordan released a solo album, 'Are You Listening,' in 2007, and another, 'No Baggage,' in 2009.
The Cranberries also reunited that year, resulting in the album 'Roses' in 2012.
For a time, O'Riordan was one of Ireland's richest women, but she struggled with both physical and mental health problems.
The Cranberries released the acoustic album 'Something Else' in 2017 and had been due to tour Europe and North America. The tour was cut short because O'Riordan was suffering from back problems.
In 2014, O'Riordan was accused of assaulting three police officers and a flight attendant during a flight from New York to Ireland. She pleaded guilty and was fined €6,000 (£5,400)
O'Riordan (pictured in Paris in May 2017) struggled with both physical and mental health problems
Medical records given to the court indicated she was mentally ill at the time of the altercation. After her court hearing O'Riordan urged other people suffering mental illness to seek help.
She told Metro newspaper last year that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and she spoke to the Irish News about her battles with depression.
O'Riordan said depression 'is one of the worst things to go through,' but that 'I've also had a lot of joy in my life, especially with my children.'
'You get ups as well as downs. Sure, isn't that what life's all about?' she said.
O'Riordan is survived by her ex-husband, the former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton, and their three children.
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Shirley Radcliffe found O'Riordan's death to have been an accident, caused by alcohol intoxication and drowning. The findings were confirmed by the Westminster Coroner's Court to NPR in a phone call this morning. As previously reported, the inquest had been expected to take some time to conclude.How did O'Riordan drown? ›
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George A. Romero (1968–1985)
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UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS OF OVERUSE
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- 1,092 from motor vehicle crashes. ...
- 1,000 from homicides. ...
- 208 from alcohol overdose, falls, burns, and drowning. ...
- 596 from suicides.
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Celebrity and Illness
O'Riordan was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013 following publicized manic episodes. So far, her death hasn't been associated with the disorder.
shared a phone conversation between Jennifer and Dolores that ended their friendship. Kim told host David Yontef that Jennifer called Dolores to tell her that while they would be friends on RHONJ, they were effectively no longer friends off the show.Are Dolores and Jackie still friends? ›
Fans were not surprised that Dolores was upset by Jackie's accusations. However, the former correctional officer isn't ready to throw in the towel on her friendship with Jackie noting she still cares about Jackie very much and has a "meaningful relationship" with all of the Garden State housewives.
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The CranberriesWhat is the net worth of Lionel? ›
|Net Worth:||$600 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Jun 24, 1987 (35 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 6 in (1.69 m)|
|Net Worth:||$155 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Nov 1, 1962 (59 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)|
|Profession:||Songwriter, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Musician|
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