LGBT people are paying tribute today to The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, who has died at age 46.
The Irish band broke through in the ‘90s with “Linger” and then became the music of many young people. Although O'Riordan was straight, her music inspired LGBT people. Queer singer Lane Moore, of the band It Was Romance, put it clearly, writing on Twitter that “Her music helped me not die when I thought life would kill me.”
The band and O'Riordan were trending Monday on Twitter, where LGBT people expressed heartbreak and shared what the singer meant to them.
The Cranberries taught me that I could tap into the melancholy I naturally drifted toward, and create something beautiful with it. Dolores O'Riordan's voice called me into that understanding of my self. I am so grateful for her life, her work, and her voice.
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) January 15, 2018
— Migs (@Miguel_M1GS) January 15, 2018
Thank you to The Cranberries for soundtracking a lot of my gay boy angst and solo crying
— Carey O'Donnell (@ecareyo) January 15, 2018
OMG. So incredibly sad. The Cranberries were the soundtrack to my life in the 90’s and Dolores’s voice had so much power and soul. Sending light to her in the beyond https://t.co/coxFaJk8mH
— Eli Lieb (@elilieb) January 15, 2018
Oh wow. Dolores O’Riordan was a BIG part of my childhood. Helped me give myself permission to be. pic.twitter.com/z7IBtMSzid
— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) January 15, 2018
Dolores O’Riordan was a highly talented and meaningful source of inspiration to me. I’m so upset to hear that she’s gone. I will play her music forever. https://t.co/7HSf6l029t
— Brad Walsh (@BradWalsh) January 15, 2018
The Cranberries was one of the first bands that felt like I discovered them (I didnt). “Dreams” is still one of my favorite songs. And the hair.
— Rhea Butcher (@RheaButcher) January 15, 2018
I can't believe it. Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries is gone. Her voice, her songs, were instrumental in my evolution as a human on this earth. RIP you beautiful creature. https://t.co/1TwkoH1tS4
— Fawzia Mirza (@thefawz) January 15, 2018
— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) January 15, 2018
So sad to hear about Dolores O’Riordan passing from The Cranberries. “Dreams” definitely was my song growing up and still one of those songs that gives me all the feels. RIP
— Justin Martindale (@justmartindale) January 15, 2018
I used to wail to Zombie and Linger and all the Cranberries songs in high school. You meant so much to us Dolores! https://t.co/udWyxVI6Iv
— Jerry Portwood (@jerryportwood) January 15, 2018
I officially feel old. She was my teenage soundtrack along with all the other My So Called Life bands. https://t.co/cvTydV2XIC
— Willam (@willam) January 15, 2018
RIP to #TheCranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, a now immortal voice who was the soundtrack to many of our youths.
— Marcos Mateo Ochoa (@MarcoMateoOchoa) January 15, 2018
So absolutely heartbreaking to hear of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan's passing. Rest in peace. https://t.co/nYH1leU3yb
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) January 15, 2018
Here is the tweet from artist Moore. Click through for the complete thread.
Dolores O'Riordan died today & my heart is shattered & im crying in public. @The_Cranberries have always been one of my biggest influences & greatest comforts as a musician & human being. She was only 46. Her music helped me not die when I thought life would kill me.I feel gutted
— Lane Moore (@hellolanemoore) January 15, 2018