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Singer Laura Branigan passes away at 47

Written by royalball on August 29, 2004 to .

NEW YORK - Laura Branigan, a Grammy-nominated pop singer who recorded a Roxette cover but is best known for her 1982 platinum hit “Gloria,” has died. She was 47.

  Branigan died of a brain anuerysm Thursday in her sleep said her brother Mark Branigan. He said she had complained to a friend of a headache for about two weeks before she died, but had not sought medical attention.

  “Gloria,” a signature song from her debut album “Branigan,” stayed atop the pop charts for 36 weeks and earned her a Grammy nomination for best female pop vocalist, the first of four nominations in her career.

  Laura was also known for her recording of Roxette’s “The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye.” Her cover of the song appeared on her “Over My Heart” album released in 1993. It’s been said that Laura also wanted to record a cover of “Queen of Rain.”

  After the death of her husband in 1996, Branigan stopped performing but returned to the stage in 2001. In 2002 she starred as Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway musical “Love, Janis,” which earned her rave reviews.

  Funeral services are scheduled for Monday.

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Poor she, I really like her version of “The sweet hello, the sad goodbye”. It´s a pity.

im so sorry :-(

incredible :(

At least it was in her sleep

Rest in peace. :(

I’m still saddened by this. I saw it earlier this morning and the day hasn’t gone right since....

I’m so sad about this. She sang a lot of beautiful songs in the 80’s/90’s (not only “Gloria” or “Self control”). I remember her as a part of my childhood, because since I was a kid I was interested in this sort of music. When I opened her website, I had tears on my eyes. May she rest in peace.

this is always so sad to read about people who die b4 their time. RIP

This was so unexpected. :(

My best wishes to her family, friends, and other fans of her music.

:-( that suffers ... I cannot believe it... :-(

I’m also sad. I think I couldn’t say better than in her website...

Sad news these days.
Btw Gloria was a cover too

Oh my goodness, that’s just come as a complete shock :( Thoughts to her friends, family and fans.

Where can i hear her version of ’the sweet hello , sad goodbye’ id like to hear it ? LOve the song ’self control’ me.

a great talent who will be sadly missed.

OMG- i’m not a big fan, but her early hits are part of my childhood , and I felT so happy when she record a version of TSHTSG so i can’t help but i feel really sad/weird idk strange feelings & i went to her site ... terrific the page have a tribute & a clip of a “new” sad song ... & her fans are brokenhearted

can someone share “the sweet hello, the sad goodbye” by laura?

Ohhh, my God!!, i am really so sad for this new...
She was a great voice...
My heart is together to your fans and your family.

hi everyone, I’m a big fan of Laura’s and have a website for her. You can find the song The Sweet Hello The Sad Goodbye at my website, it is in the download section. She will be missed alot. My site is at


r.i.p. I’m sorry:(

I’m so sad, I really liked her music. Rest in peace, I’m sure she’s in a better place now.

:( My mum also had a brain aneurysm - she had a headache, collapsed and was rushed into hospital. She had surgery, but didn’t pull through. She died last year, aged just 50. RIP xx

I’m really sorry.R.I.P

Lots of srength to felicity - brown too...

I wish her family a lot of strength!
I only know “Self Control”, but that is a very beautiful song

R I P ... I didn’t know she had sth to do with those songs ...

Really sad... I have heard only 3 or four songs by Laura, but that was enough to understand how talented she is. A really bright lady. Rest in peace, Laura...


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