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17th Jan 2018

Mexican tabloid criticised for ‘insensitive’ Dolores O’Riordan headline

The singer died on Monday.

Anna O'Rourke


A newspaper in Mexico has come in for harsh criticism for a story it published about Dolores O’Riordan’s death.

Tabloid paper Metro ran with the story of the tragic death on its front page this week under the headline ‘Ya es zombi‘, which translates as ‘Now she’s a zombie’.

Mexican tabloid criticised for 'insensitive' Dolores O'Riordan headline

The headline, a reference to The Cranberries hit song Zombie, didn’t go down well online, with social media users branding it “ridiculous, insensitive and ignorant,” and “sick and disgusting.”

Metro is a tabloid published each morning in Mexico City, according to the Irish Mirror.

Dolores was found dead in her room in the Hilton hotel on Park Lane in London on Monday morning. She had been due to record music that day.

The Limerick woman, 46, was lead singer of The Cranberries and for many, one of the defining musical voices of the nineties.

Mexican tabloid criticised for 'insensitive' Dolores O'Riordan headline

Police investigating her death said yesterday that they were not treating it as suspicious.

A postmortem is due to take place on her remains tomorrow, with preliminary results expected in the afternoon.

Dolores’ partner Ole Koretsky of rock band D.A.R.K. has paid tribute to her in a statement on the band’s website.

“Dolores is beautiful. Her art is beautiful. Her family is beautiful. The energy she continues to radiate is undeniable.

“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.”

Her funeral is expected to take place early next week in her native Limerick.