Dolores O’Riordan, the 46-year-old lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died accidentally from drowning in a London hotel bathtub due to alcohol intoxication, according to an inquest.
The Westminster Coroner’s Court heard Thursday — on what would have been O’Riordan’s 47th birthday — that she had been drinking heavily before she was found dead Jan. 15 at the Park Lane Hilton hotel, The Guardian reported.
Her alcohol level was 330mg per 100ml of blood — more than four times the legal limit for driving of 80mg, according to the findings.
An autopsy report by Dr. Adam Combe concluded that she drowned as a result of alcohol intoxication. Authorities said after her death that it was not suspicious.
The coroner, Dr. Shirley Radcliffe, said: “There’s no evidence that this was anything other than an accident. There was no intention, this seems to be solely a tragic accident.”
Her mother, Eileen O’Riordan, as well as one of the singer’s brothers and sister-in-law attended the inquest, according to the paper.
A maid found O’Riordan submerged, face up in the bath, during a recording trip ahead of a planned tour. When paramedics arrived, police were performing CPR on her.
O’Riordan, whose distinctive and powerful voice helped fuel The Cranberries’ rapid rise in the early 1990s, had to cancel a tour with the reunited group last year because of a back problem.
Her partner at the time of her death, New York-based DJ and producer Ole Koretsky, said: “The love of my life is gone.”
According to the inquest, evidence also was found of heavy smoking and the of use of prescription drugs, including lorazepam, which is used to treat anxiety.
Five empty bottles of alcohol from the minibar were found, as well as a bottle of champagne.
A report by an American psychiatrist — Dr. Robert Hirschfield, who spoke to her by phone late last year —was read at the inquest.
“She was doing well, she was not drinking, she was a little sad on Christmas Day … no thoughts of suicide,” he said.
The court heard that O’Riordan had struggled with bipolar disorder and drinking problems. In September 2017, she wrote a suicide note while drinking heavily and taking lorazepam.
O’Riordan, who was born in Limerick in 1971, joined The Cranberries — then called the Cranberry Saw Us — in 1990, and performed with them until 2003, when they took a break.
Her distinctive voice helped make the group hugely successful on both sides of the Atlantic.
Their hits began with the song ”Linger,” which reached the Top 10 in the US and Ireland, and No. 14 in the UK. Other favorites included “Dream” and “Zombie.”
When her body was found, she had been in the capital to record a cover of “Zombie” with the hard rockers Bad Wolves.
O’Riordan is survived by her three children, Taylor Baxter, Molly Leigh and Dakota Rain, from her relationship with ex-husband Don Burton, Duran Duran’s tour manager.