The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies aged 46
LONDON - AFP
"The lead singer...was in London for a short recording session," she added. "No further details are available at this time."
A spokeswoman for London's Metropolitan police said officers are "dealing with a sudden death" after they were called to a hotel in Park Lane, in the center of the British capital, at 0905 GMT this morning.
"At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained and enquiries continue," she added.
"Team members acted swiftly to alert the Metropolitan Police and we are co-operating fully with their investigation." The Cranberries achieved international success in the 1990s with their debut album "Everyone Else is Doing it, So Why Can't We?" which included the hit single "Linger."
Follow-up album "No Need to Argue" went to number one in Australia, France and Germany, and number 6 in the United States.
The album also gave rise to politically-charged single "Zombie," an angry response to the deadly Northern Ireland conflict, which hit number one across Europe. The band sold around 40 million records worldwide.
James Walton, priest at Ballybricken and Bohermore parish, told Britain's Press Association her family "is very devastated and upset."
"Her family is still waiting for more details to come from London about her death," he said.
"The plan is for her to be buried here at home. When that will be will depend on when her body is released."
The band, which formed in 1989, went on a hiatus in 2003 with O'Riordon telling in a 2012 interview that "we were stuck in a rut. We just needed a break."
"At home I'm a house-keeper and a mum. The kids are, like, 'What's for dinner? Where are my clothes?' On tour it's, like: 'room-service'," she said of the comeback.
She hit the headlines in 2014 after pleading guilty to assaulting three police officers and a flight attendant during a flight from New York to Ireland, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder shortly afterwards.
The band was forced to cancel 14 concerts last year due to "medical reasons associated with a back problem" for O'Riordan.
The singer's last Facebook posting came shortly before Christmas.
"Hi All, Dolores here. Feeling good! I did my first bit of gigging in months at the weekend, performed a few songs at the Billboard annual staff holiday party in New York with the house band," it read.
"Really enjoyed it! Happy Christmas to all our fans!! Xo".
The band recently played in South America, with O'Riordan tweeting pictures of a show in Lima, Peru.
The band released their final album "Something Else" last year.