An inquest into the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan is reporting today that she accidentally drowned in the bathtub after a night of heavy drinking alone in her hotel room.
The Irish singer was found ‘face up in the bath dressed in her pyjamas’ fully-clothed in the bath of her room at London’s Hilton Park Lane on January 15.’
The inquest was held today at Westminster Coroner’s Court and concluded there here was no evidence or self-harm and no suicide note in her room, but that there were five miniature bottles and a bottle of champagne in her room. O’Riordan, who had previously battled alcoholism, was four times over the legal drinking limit when she died.
Police found the minibar was activated around 2am, and she phoned her mother at around 3am. She was later found unresponsive and confirmed dead at 9.16am.
There was a third of a bottle of champagne and several miniature bottles of alcohol. There was a quantity of tablets left that were in the bottles.
‘We did a full skin and body check; no marks, no blood in the water, no injuries. There were no signs of disturbance and the door was locked from the inside.’
London Ambulance Service paramedic Mark Vials said in a statement that she was found face up in the bath ‘wearing a long-sleeved vest and pyjama bottoms’.
Prescription drugs were found and she had got through a pack of cigarettes. Tests showed only ‘therapeutic’ amounts of medication in O’Riordan’s blood.
Prior to this, she had been sober for most of the last three years but relapsed during a trip to Canada, the court heard.
Her psychiatrist, Seamus O’Ceallaigh, said: ‘There was (alcohol abuse) although Dolores had maintained sobriety over prolonged periods.’
Dr O’Cellaigh told the court that he had last seen O’Riordan on January 9 and she seemed in ‘good spirits, no thoughts of suicide, no evidence of self-harm’.
He added: ‘She said she was planning to release two new albums and looking forward to the future. She had plans for her life.’
Today would have been her 47th birthday.
(via Daily Mail; Photos: Avalon Red)