Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan performs during the European Border Breakers awards, or EBBA awards, in Cannes, southern France. File picture: Bruno Bebert/AP

London - Tributes poured in for Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish band The Cranberries, after she died suddenly in London on Monday, aged 46.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the band's members said they were "devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores".

"She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today," said the tweet, which was signed with the first names of band members Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler.

In an earlier statement on Twitter, the band said O'Riordan's family were "devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

O'Riordan died suddenly while she was in London for a short recording session, the statement said, adding that "no further details are available at this time."

The Cranberries gained international fame in the 1990s with a string of indie pop hits, including "Linger," "Dreams" and "Zombie."

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Irish President Michael D Higgins said he had learned of the singer's death "with great sadness."

"Dolores O'Riordan and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally," Higgins said.

"I recall with fondness the late Limerick [lawmaker] Jim Kemmy's introduction of her and The Cranberries to me, and the pride he and so many others took in their successes," he said.

"To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss."

Irish band Kodaline also paid tribute to O'Riordan on Twitter, saying they were "absolutely shocked" to hear about her death.

"The Cranberries gave us our first big support when we toured with them around France years ago," the band said. "Thoughts are with her family and friends."

The Limerick Leader, a newspaper in the band's home town in south-western Ireland, quoted a local priest and family friend, Canon Liam McNamara, as saying O'Riordan had been her family's "pride and joy".

"She got on well all the way through her life," McNamara told the newspaper, which said the priest had officiated at O'Riordan's wedding in 1994 and her father's funeral in 2011.

"I was very disappointed to hear today that she has left us so early in life," McNamara said.

"Her family did so much for her and supported her all the way through."

Dave Davies, a founding member of 1960s British band The Kinks, said he was "really shocked that Dolores O'Riordan has passed so suddenly."

"I was talking to her a couple weeks before Christmas," Davies wrote on Twitter.

"She seemed happy and well - we even spoke about maybe writing some songs together. Unbelievable! God bless her."

Other Twitter users paid tribute to "The Queen of Limerick," while fellow singer May Kapes said O'Riordan had a "huge impact" on her career.

"Dolores O'Riordan has had such a huge impact on me in so many ways," Kapes wrote on Twitter.

"Watching the light and shade in her performances, her voice, her attitude," she said.

"She's the reason so many young girls saw a place for themselves in rock music. So, so sad."