The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan
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The Cranberries vocalist Dolores O’Riordan died by drowning in the tub of her Park Lane Hilton suite, the “tragic accident” a result of excessive alcohol intake. So reports the BBC on the hit-making singer’s death in London this past January.

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O’Riordan’s unexpected death at the age of 46 was the subject of an inquest made public Thursday. And the late musician’s Cranberries bandmates released a statement honoring her legacy upon the publication of the autopsy findings.

“On January 15th 2018 we lost our dear friend and band mate Dolores O’Riordan,” reads the statement. “Today we continue to struggle to come to terms with what happened. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dolores’ children and her family.”

“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.”

While the singer showed no injuries of self-harm, empty liquor bottles were found in her hotel room. One authority who attended the scene says “Mrs. O’Riordan [was] submerged in the bath with her nose and mouth fully under the water.”

Prescription drugs were also found in the room. But tox screens revealed only “therapeutic” amounts of medication compared to the excessive amount of alcohol (up to 330mg per 100ml of blood, four times over the 80mg U.K. limit), per the BBC.

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