Radio stations around Ireland will play the fitting hit “When You’re Gone” as O’Riordan’s Limerick funeral gets underway.
Thousands of people have already paid their respects to at public events in Limerick city and around Ireland as the country prepares to lay Dolores O’Riordan to rest at her hometown of Ballybricken.
The funeral service will take place at 11.30am (Irish time) at the Church of Saint Ailbe. Massive crowds are expected.
Irish radio stations will also be paying tribute to the beloved Irish singer. The RTE owned radio station, 2fm took to Twitter to announce that stations across Ireland would simultaneously play The Cranberries 1996 hit “When You’re Gone” directly after the midday news today.
They tweeted that this is "a fitting tribute... to one of our greatest singers ever".
O’Riordan was found dead in her hotel room at the Hilton, on Park Lane, in London, at 9am on January 15, by a mad. The singer was due to record a cover of her smash hit “Zombie” with the California band, Bad Wolves, on Tuesday Jan 16.
Sales and streams of The Cranberries songs and albums have increased by over 900,000% since the singer’s sudden death.
Police continue to categorize O’Riordan’s death as “unexplained”. The results of her autopsy are not expected until April.
In May 2017 The Cranberries cancelled a number of shows after O'Riordan was instructed by her doctors to stop working due to problems with her back. A further set of shows in North America, due to take place in September and October, were cancelled in July.
On Monday Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins paid tribute to O’Riordan.
Dolores O’Riordan “was a star that shone bright from the very beginning,” says President Higgins pic.twitter.com/GSf068sW5w— RTÉ News (@rtenews) January 22, 2018
He said “It’s so sad, profoundly sad, that someone so young is taken from us, but it’s equally important to pay tribute to the work and the importance of the music.
“It is to the incredible credit of all those who have appreciated the music, the songs, the performances and the band, that they have come out in such numbers to make their tribute.
“It’s so appropriate and it is generous, and I hope that her family will get all the support they need.”
Tribute to Dolores O’Riordan
Beloved Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of popular Irish band The Cranberries, died suddenly in London aged 46. http://irsh.us/2r98KuvPosted by IrishCentral.com on Monday, 15 January 2018