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This is the most difficult news we could ever imagine to be writing, and we are still shocked, fighting a battle for which we have no weapons and in which we are beaten up before it getting even started.

Our dear Dolores O’Riordan died suddenly in London on Monday 15th January 2018, at 46 years old. She was in London for a short recording session. The causes of her death are not available at this time. Noel, Mike and Fergal wrote: “We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today.”

These days, the world has exploded in tributes and praising to a rarely unique talent and an extraordinary person gone too soon. Thousands of people have attended her public reposal and funeral in Limerick.

To the world, Dolores is a rockstar, a genuine composer with an outstanding sensitivity, a powerful Irish voice combining belting, yodeling and a smoky hue that made her voice so incomparable. To us, Dolores is family, the most kindhearted, understanding, pure and innocent little human on earth. Never had we ever seen anybody treat others like Dolores would do. We would hold on to her every time life hit us, but this time, life hit us the hardest and we don’t know how we will make it to carry on. We are left so lonely, so broken, devastated, empty, and unready, so full of fears and insecurities, and lost, so very lost. Everything seems meaningless now, nothing seems to be worthwhile anymore. We will never understand why life would give us the best of blessings to take her away from us this soon. But we feel beyond grateful to have had this angel in our lives, and because for some 46 wonderful years, this world was a better, brighter place.

Dear Princess, thank you for being the best gift life could give us and forgive us when we were not up to what you did deserve. Sometimes you may see us break, you may see us cry, you may see us look for a quiet place where to talk to you. Don’t worry for us. We will try to be strong and to carry on, because our aim in life was always trying to make you happy, and you need to be happy up there. Send us a sign some time so we know everything is all right there. We love you, princess.