Dolores O’Riordan was cheerful and ready to record. This according to the last voicemail she left on her managers phone, hours before her death.
“It sounds fucking awesome, it sounds fucking terribly good,” O’Riordan said in a message left for her manager Dan Waite. The message, left at 1:12am on January 15 was the last time anyone would ever hear the singer’s voice. “I’ll come into the studio if you need my time.”
The song she was referring to in the voicemail is Bad Wolves’ cover of Cranberries classic, Zombie.
She was in a good space
Shortly after O’Riordan’s passing, Waite told Rolling Stone “Dolores left me a message just after midnight last night stating how much she loved Bad Wolves’ version of ‘Zombie.’ She was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals.”
He also told the music magazine that she “was in a good space. I’ve seen a few things saying she was depressed but she was definitely making plans for the week,”
This is interesting because they still haven’t’ found a cause of death. Police only know that she died suddenly. Rumours were that O’Riordan took her own life, mainly due to her decremented bouts with depression. This might sound familiar to music fans. Same type of thing happened with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell. His wife said he was in a great mood hours before he died. Cornell committed suicide last May.
In March, The Cranberries confirmed that they were working on a new album at the time of their lead singers death. “We can confirm that since last summer the band had been working with Universal Music on the creation of a very special 25th anniversary edition of the album, a newly remastered version with previously unreleased material of ours as well as other bonus material from the era of our debut album,” the band said. “We had planned to release this special edition this month to coincide with the 25th anniversary. However, given Dolores’ passing in January we put the entire project on hold.”