The music world was left stunned in early 2018 when one of Ireland’s most distinctive vocalists, Dolores O’Riordan, was found dead. The 46-year-old was best known as the lead singer of The Cranberries, although she was also a member of alt-rock trio D.A.R.K. And it would be her D.A.R.K. bandmate and boyfriend Olé Koretsky who would pay arguably the most poignant tribute to the late star.
Before O’Riordan rose to fame, however, she had had a troubled childhood. Two of her eight siblings had passed away while still just infants; her father Terry had also been rendered brain-damaged and left incapable of working by a motorbike accident. Then, in 2013 the singer revealed that she’d been sexually abused between the ages of eight and 12.