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Dolores O'Riordan laid to rest

Dolores O'Riordan's family and friends mourned the star at a mass held at St Ailbe's Church in Ballybricken, County Limerick on Tuesday.

This file photo taken on 7 July 2016 shows Irish singer Dolores O'Riordan of Irish band The Cranberries performing on stage during the 23th edition of the Cognac Blues Passion festival in Cognac. Picture: AFP

LONDON - The Cranberries singer's close friends, family and bandmates attended St Ailbe's Church in Ballybricken, Ireland on Tuesday morning to pay their final respects to late musician Dolores O'Riordan.

O’Riordan's three children, Taylor, Molly and Dakota, were among the first to arrive and their father Don Burton - the singer's ex-husband and former Duran Duran tour manager - carried her coffin whilst the band's 1996 song Miss You When You're Gone played.

In the hitmaker's honour, a guitar, a platinum disc award and a photograph of Catholic figure Our Lady of Dolours, who O’Riordan was named after, were placed at the altar as a mark of respect.

Family members among the mourners included her boyfriend Ole Koretsk, her mother Eileen and her siblings.

The Cranberries band members Mike and Noel Hogan and Fergal Lawler - who together with O’Riordan released seven albums - also attended the mass, which was broadcast live on local radio stations at midday.

Canon Liam McNamara told mourners: "It is our sincere prayer that our beloved Dolores is now reunited with her father, Terry, her baby brother, Gerard, grandparents, relatives and friends, in the presence of the Lord and Our Lady of Dolours in the heavenly kingdom, where there is no more pain or suffering or separations, but only joy and peace for all eternity."

The service in County Limerick will be followed by a private burial.

O’Riordan passed away last Monday at the age of 46. The cause of her death is still unknown.

Hundreds of fans paid their respects on Sunday when her body was placed in an open coffin at Saint Joseph's Church in Limerick.

Crowds gathered to place message and flowers beside the singer's casket, which read: "The song has ended, but the memories linger on."

O’Riordan was in London for a recording session last week when she passed away suddenly.

A statement released at the time by a spokesperson at her representatives Lindsey Holmes Publicity said: "Irish and international singer Dolores O'Riordan has died suddenly in London today. 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."

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