Singer Laura Branigan Dies at 47

Published: 2004-08-30
Grammy nominee and New York native pop singer Laura Branigan died of a brain aneurysm on Thursday August 26, 2004 at her home in New York. The 47 year old Branigan began her musical career as a back up singer for Leonard Cohen.

Branigan embarked on her solo career in 1982 when she signed with Atlantic Records. Her biggest hit was the 1983 platinum selling single "Gloria" which topped the Billboard charts for 36 weeks. The song "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" was a hit for Branigan and the song's co-writer – a then unknown – Michael Bolton. Branigan released seven albums in her career. The last was a greatest hits album in 2002. Branigan was working on a new album at the time of her death.

Branigan credits go beyond singing and songwriting. Besides hit songs of her own Branigan's music appeared on movie soundtracks. She also appeared on television shows and the stage.

In 1996 after the death of her husband Branigan left performing for five years. Her return was in the form of playing Janis Joplin in the off Broadway musical "Love Janis".

Funeral services are planned for Monday August 30, 2004.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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