Pop singer Laura Branigan died from a brain aneurysm on Thursday. She was 47.
Her manager, John Bowers, told The Associated Press that Branigan died at home in East Quogue, New York, in her sleep. She apparently had been complaining to her family of headaches for weeks but had not seen a doctor.
The singer was best known for her hit "Gloria," off her self-titled debut album, which earned her a Grammy nomination for best female pop vocalist. Her song "Imagination" appeared in the movie "Flashdance," earning her a second Grammy nomination (she eventually was nominated four times). Her other hits included "Solitaire," "Self Control" and a duet with Michael Bolton, "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You."
Among Branigan's other achievements, she toured Europe as a backup singer for Leonard Cohen in the late 1970s, performed the last song on "American Bandstand" in 1987, and most recently starred as the singing version of Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway musical "Love, Janis" in 2002. At last report, she was working on a new album, to be released on her own label.
Branigan is survived by her mother, a sister, and brothers Mark and Billy, the latter of whom worked with her on her Over My Heart album. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday.