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Dolores O’Riordan Dies; Cranberries Singer Was 46

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the popular Irish rock band the Cranberries, has passed away at the age of 46.

Reps for O’ Riordan confirmed the news of her death just moments ago.

O’Riordan’s passing has been described as “sudden,” and the cause of death is currently unknown to the public.

The singer was reportedly in London for a recording session and was rushed to a local hospital, where medical staff were unable to resuscitate her.

Known for her distinctive mezzo-soprano voice, O’Riordan replaced the Cranberries original lead singer after a successful audition in 1990.

During her time as frontwoman, the band enjoyed tremendous commercial success and rose to international fame.

O’Riordan and her bandmates recorded 8 top-20 hits, including such perennially popular tunes as “Linger,” “Zombie,” and “Dreams.”

The band split up in 2003 but reunited after a several-year hiatus, during which O’Riordan recorded two solo albums.

O’Riordan’s frequently-changing style made her a ’90s style icon, and the Cranberries were often name-checked in the pop culture of the time, including a memorable mention in the comedy classic Clueless.

In recent years, the singer made tabloid headlines several times as a result of her tumultuous personal life.

In 2014, O’Riordan was arrested for assaulting a stewardess and a police officer aboard an Aer Lingus flight to New York.

That same year, she split from her husband after 20 years of marriage.

In 2017, the Cranberries released an acoustic album and embarked on an intercontinental tour that was cut short due to O’Riordan’s persistent back problems.

While her band’s popularity peaked in the 1990s, O’Riordan remained an in-demand performer and a popular figure in Ireland until her death.

She was invited to perform at the Vatican on several occasions, and in 2006, she was listed as one of the ten richest women in Ireland.

Loving tributes from friends and fans made O’Riordan a top trending topic on Twitter within minutes of when news of her death went public.

She is survived by two children.

Our thoughts go out to O’Riordan’s family during this difficult time.

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Kim Jong-Hyun Dies; Beloved Pop Singer Was 27

Sad news today out of the music world:

Kim Jong-Hyun, the lead singer of the Korean pop band SHINee, has unexpectedly passed away.

He was 27 years old.

According to a multitude of news outlets, the artist was found unconscious in an apartment in Seoul early on Monday.

South Korean news agency Yonhap reports Jong-Hyun was discovered and then taken to a nearby hospital … where he was later pronounced dead.

“We are sorry to be the bringer of such tragic, heart-breaking news,” reads a statement from the South Korean entertainment company that represents Jong-Hyun and his fellow musicians, adding:

“On December 18th, SHINee’s Jonghyun left us very suddenly. He was discovered unconscious at a residence in Chungdam-Dong, Seoul and was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead.

“Our sadness cannot compare to the pain of his family, who had to say goodbye to a son and a brother.

“But we have spent a long time with him, and SHINee members and SM Entertainment staff are all in deep mourning and shock.”

Concluded this statement of mourning:

“As per the wish of the family, the funeral will be held quietly with his relatives and company colleagues.

“Once again we show our deepest condolences to Jonghyun on his last journey.”

K-pop group SHINee

No cause of death has been announced, but investigators are reportedly looking into whether Jong-Hyun took his own life.

This presumption is partly based on reports that Jong-Hyun sent recent text messages to his sister that read as follows:

“Please let me go. Tell me I did well. Final farewell.”

The singer also last posted on Instagram a series of lyrics from the Dear Cloud song Beside You.

According to Koreaboo, the words below translate to:

I had a thought while curling up in a dark room alone/ When you might regret letting go of everyone. Have the sighs and the restless wounds stopped by now. I pray only that you aren’t hurting. I hope only that you will be happy.

Please don’t try to be alone in the darkness/ Don’t torture yourself/ Don’t torture you.

Jonghyun (as the name is sometimes written) captioned the picture:

“I pray you aren’t hurting.”

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SHINee is a boy band that was formed in 2008 by SM Entertainment.

The group is responsible for a string of number-one hits in South Korea, while it also became quite popular in Japan.

Known for his songwriting role in the group, Jonghyun launched a solo career in 2015.

He debuted his album. “Story Op. 1,” that same year and released his follow-up, “Story Op 2,” which featured his song “Lonely,” this past April.

We send our condolences to his loved ones.

May Jonghyun rest in peace.

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