Longtime friend to Dolores O'Riordan, Dan Waite shared that a voice mail he received hours before her death revealed how much The Cranberries lead singer loved the "Zombie" version hard rock band Bad Wolves was planning.
According to the managing director for Eleven Seven International, O'Riordan was looking forward to seeing him in the studio. She was scheduled to record her vocals in London for the "Zombie" remix the day she died.
"She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week. The news of her passing is devastating," said Waite.
Dolores O'Riordan's Death
The Irish musician's death was confirmed by her publicist, who said O'Riordan was in London for a short recording session. As of writing, no further details have been released about her passing. However, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said that police were called to a Park Lane hotel where a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Irish president Michael D. Higgins called O'Riordan's death a big loss, highlighting the influence The Cranberries had on music in Ireland and around the globe.
Tommy Vext, Bad Wolves singer, took to Facebook on Jan. 15, releasing a statement on O'Riordan's death. Shocked and saddened by the news, he said the band has always had deep respect for her, someone who never had a problem baring her soul through music.
"Our hearts are broken that we were not able to see this collaboration through," he added.
Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan, and Fergal Lawler, O'Riordan's current band mates in The Cranberries, also paid tribute to her on Twitter, calling her an extraordinary talent and saying they feel privileged to have known her since 1989.
Other musicians and celebrities did the same on social media, sharing touching moments they shared with O'Riordan.
A Year In O'Riordan's Life
The Cranberries announced a tour in 2017, which included the UK, Europe, and the United States. However, during the European leg of the tour, the band had to cancel dates because O'Riordan can't perform with her back problem.
Just a little before Christmas, however, she posted on the band's Facebook page that she was feeling good and had just done her first round of gigs in months, which she really enjoyed. Then in January, she took to Twitter to share a snap with her cat, captioning it "Bye bye Gio. We're off to Ireland".