The last photo she posted before she passed away. Posted to Twitter on January 3, 2018

It’s been exactly one year since Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries passing, 1-15-2018 and I still feel pain in my heart when I remember her. I can’t listen to her music because it just hurts too much. It depresses me.

With her iconic bleached pixie cut

I wish things could have been different. I wish for her family, friends, and fans that she was still here. That is selfish of me.

I was absolutely devastated at the passing of one of my biggest inspirations I was obsessed with all things Irish starting in my teens and when I got a job and starting driving, The Cranberries was all I listened to. Over and over. The No Need to Argue, and Everyone else Is Doing it albums were the soundtrack to my teen years. I was inspired by Dolores’s voice, talent, and style on a deep level. She inspired my first purchase of a pair of combat boots in the late 90’s from Payless and wore them everyday until they broke. I named my pet mouse Dolores after her. But out of all of the beautiful music that they made, I have to say “Dying in the Sun” from Bury the Hatchet 1999 album, is the one that will rip your soul out of the core of your being. I have only been able to listen to it 3 times in my life because it is just too emotional to me. I read once that she recorded that song in one take. I dare you to listen to it now and not shed a tear.

Her boyfriend and bandmate in the musical side project D.A.R.K., New York-based musician Olé Koretsky, posted a photo on Instagram with O’Riordan on Jan. 1 with the caption, “NYE: take away, TV, pyjamas.”

She spoke often of her pain, sexual abuse as a child, physical pain, mental illness. I’m sorry that she had to leave us so soon, but I hope she is at peace. Her voice was truly one of a kind and will forever linger on.

Linger – The Cranberries

RIP Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan

9-6-1971 – 1-15-2018

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