Dolores O’Riordan was over 3,000 miles away from her three children when she died this week.
The Cranberries lead singer, who had previously spoken of the joy she derived from her kids, was found dead in a London hotel on Monday morning.
Her children – Taylor Baxter, 20, Molly Leigh, 16, and 12-year-old Dakota Rain – are still living with their father Don Burton in Toronto, and have been there since Don and Dolores’ marriage split in 2014.
In a previous interview, Dolores’ mother Eileen O’Riordan hinted that the children were staying with their father because their mum was struggling with her mental health.
Dolores with her ex-husband Don Burton (Image: Alpha) The couple split in 2014 and their children stayed in Toronto with Don (Image: AFP)
“They just know that mommy isn’t well at the moment,” she told the Irish Mirror in 2014, after Dolores was arrested for stamping on an air stewardess’s foot then headbutting and spitting in the face of a garda in an air rage incident.
Eileen said the children were keeping in touch with Dolores over the phone, but that her daughter’s split from her husband of 20 years was taking its toll on her.
Dolores didn’t recognise Eileen at the police station following her arrest and tests found no trace of drugs or alcohol in her system.
Eileen told the Irish Mirror at the time: “Dolores was inside in a room, she was lying on the floor, curled up. She had her head covered and her face covered up. She was trying to protect herself. I gave her a hug. I tried to talk to her. She didn’t realise I was there at all. I put Lourdes water on her.
“She didn’t know who I was, she was trying to cover herself from me.”
Dolores, 46, underwent psychiatric treatment and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015.
In an interview with the Irish News in May 2017, Dolores herself spoke of her love for her children.
“The best time in my life was the years spent at home with my family, I love being a mum,” she revealed.
“My kids don’t see me as a famous person, or have any kind of expectation; I’m just their mum.”
Dolores said her children gave her joy (Image: REX/Shutterstock)
She also said that depression “whatever the cause, is one of the worst things to go through”, but that her family had given her happiness.
“I’ve also had a lot of joy in my life, especially with my children,” she said.
Meanwhile, Dolores’ heartbroken boyfriend has paid tribute following her tragic death.
Ole Koretsky says he feels lost without the singer after her sad passing.
Dolores with her partner Ole (Image: Flynet Pictures)
Ole, who played with Dolores in alternative rock band D.A.R.K, released a statement on the band’s official Facebook page.
He said: “My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone. My heart is broken and it is beyond repair.
“Dolores is beautiful. Her art is beautiful. Her family is beautiful. The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable.
Ole says his heart is broken beyond repair (Image: Flynet Pictures)
“I am lost. I miss her so much. I will continue to stumble around this planet for some time knowing well there’s no real place for me here now.”
The cause of Dolores’ ‘sudden’ death is expected to be revealed this weekend after it was confirmed her post-mortem will take place on Thursday.
Westminster coroner’s office told the Irish Daily Mirror : “The post-mortem, at the moment, is scheduled for tomorrow [Thursday].”
She added: “She [Dolores] is one of a number of deaths we are dealing with. We tend to carry out post-mortems in the mornings.”
The coroner could not confirm when the results would be issued as there is no confirmed time for the post-mortem, but it is believed the results will be shared by the weekend.
He made a heartbreaking statement (Image: Flynet Pictures) The cause of Dolores O’Riordan’s death is expected to be revealed at the weekend (Image: WENN)
The body of the tragic rocker will then be flown home for her funeral in her native Limerick, which is believed to be taking place next week.
Dolores was discovered by a hotel worker in the bathroom of her suite at London Hilton Park Lane on Monday morning, and fans were left distraught when the news of her passing was revealed to the public.
A spokeswoman for the Hilton, where rooms cost an average of £250 per night, added: “It is with deep regret that we can confirm a guest sadly passed away at the hotel on Monday 15th January.
“We offer our sincere condolences to their family at this difficult time. Team members acted swiftly to alert the Metropolitan Police and we are co-operating fully with their investigation.”
The post-mortem will take place in London on Thursday (Image: WENN)
The Irish star was in town to record a cover of her hit Zombie with rock band Bad Wolves, but sadly never made it to the studio.
London’s Metropolitan Police said its preliminary investigation has not thrown up anything suspicious about her passing.
A statement by the band – who have sold 40 million records with hits including Zombie and Linger – confirmed: “Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today.
She was found dead in the bathroom of her room at the London Hilton, on Park Lane (Image: PA)
“She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time.
“Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
While the family of the mum-of-three, from Limerick in Ireland, are said to be ‘devastated’ by her death .