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A big cheque was just presented to the children of Dolores O’Riordan by a metal band

If you remember the story of the death of the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, you’ll know that she died in a London hotel room hours before she was supposed to join an American metal band called Bad Wolves in the studio to advise on their recording of “Zombie.” She never made it, of course. She was found unresponsive in her room by cleaning staff.

We still don’t know what killed Dolores–any toxicology reports haven’t been released to the public–but rumours still swirl about Fentanyl.

Bad Wolves were terribly shaken but decided to press ahead with releasing their version of “Zombie” anyway. But there was a caveat.

The band said that any money raised from their version of “Zombie” would be donated to Dolores’ children.

The song ended up being a huge hit, going platinum in Canada and gold in both the US and Australia. The above video has been viewed more than 125 million times.

This week Bad Wolves kept their promise, presenting a cheque for $250,000 to Dolores’ family onstage during a gig at the Gramercy Theatre in New York.


Alan Cross

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