The Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan has previously opened up about her battles with depression and the breakdown of the band. The Irish star has ‘died suddenly’ at the age of just 46, according to reports. But she overcame a lot during her life, including battles with depression. Dolores went through a tough time after the deaths of her father and mother-in-law. She once said: “There have been times when I’ve struggled. The death of my father and mother-in-law was very hard. Looking back, I think depression, whatever the cause, is one of the worst things to go through. Then again, 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?”
The band faced troubles too. Their first album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, in 1993 brought about massive success, but by their third, they were running out of steam. She added to Irish News : “Maybe if we’d taken a break, who knows, it might’ve helped. But we were so green when we started out. We signed up for a two-year straight contract without knowing how hard it’d be. We were working all the time and in the end, I was burned out.” The band came to a halt in 2003, before later coming back for a reunion tour in 2009.
She added: “It’s not good to be working constantly. Everybody needs to find balance in life. I’d advise anyone starting out to take their time, think about what they’re doing. Don’t over commit, only take on a few months at a time. See how it goes.” Back in 2016, Dolores was fined for head-butting and spitting at a police officer in an alleged air rage incident. She had pleaded guilty after being arrested at Shannon Airport in November 2014 following a disturbance on a flight. Dolores, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after the incident, was fined €6,000 (£4,690) but avoided a criminal conviction. She admitted four offences, including three assaults and obstructing a garda after being taken off an Aer Lingus flight from New York’s JFK airport.