Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan cause of death confirmed

The Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan's cause of death has been confirmed as death by drowning due to alcohol intoxication.

The iconic frontwoman, who died earlier this year in January, was found submerged in a hotel bath, a court inquest has heard.

"I saw Mrs O'Riordan submerged in the bath with her nose and mouth fully under the water," PC Natalie Smart, who was at the scene at London's Park Lane Hilton hotel, told the inquest.

The coroner confirmed that O'Riordan died as "a result of a tragic accident".

No injuries were found on her body, but the 46-year-old had consumed an excessive amount of alcohol, expert witnesses said.

The inquest was also told that empty bottles were found in the room, as well as containers of prescription drugs with some pills in them.

Toxicology tests showed only "therapeutic" levels of the drugs were found in her system, though O'Riordan was four times over the legal alcohol limit for driving.

The inquest was attended by O'Riordan's mother, brother and sister-in-law, while the band released a statement soon after the announcement.

"Dolores will live on eternally in her music," the statement read.

"To see how much of a positive impact she had on people's lives has been a source of great comfort to us.

"We'd like to say thank you to all of our fans for the outpouring of messages and their continued support during this very difficult time.

"We request, please, for our privacy to be respected at this time."

Today's inquest concluded on what would have been Dolores' 47th birthday.