US band Bad Wolves donate $250,000 to family of late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan
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US band Bad Wolves donate $250,000 to family of late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan

AMERICAN heavy metal band Bad Wolves have donated $250,000 to the family of late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan.

The money is from the proceeds of their single Zombie, a cover version of the Irish band’s 1994 hit.

O’Riordan, who passed away suddenly in January at the age of 46, had given her seal of approval to the Bad Wolves’ version.

She was in London to record vocals for the track at the time of her death.

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The band had considered shelving their cover version but decided to release it and donate all proceeds to O’Riordan’s children.

During their show at the Gramercy Theatre in New York on Tuesday, the band invited O’Riordan’s son Taylor, 20, and stepson Donny, 27, on to the stage to present them with the cheque.

They were accompanied by their father Don Burton, who also accepted the gift on behalf of his and O’Riordan’s daughters Molly, 16, and Dakota, 12.

Bad Wolves lead singer Tommy Vext praised O’Riordan’s songwriting after their performance of Zombie on Tuesday.

“Our sadness the day Dolores passed was nothing compared to that of her children and her family,” he said.

“In light of the tragedy, donating our proceeds to her children was the only thing that made sense.”

The band’s aim is to raise $1million from sales of the single for O’Riordan’s family.

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"The ultimate goal is to present them with a $1,000,000 cheque and the fact we’re a quarter of the way there is beyond incredible,” said Vext.