August 29, 2004



It's always sad when celebrities die young.

EAST QUOGUE, New York (AP) - Laura Branigan, a Grammy-nominated pop singer best known for her 1982 platinum hit "Gloria," has died. She was 47.

Branigan died in her sleep at her home, her manager, John Bowers, said Saturday. He would not disclose the cause, although her official Web site listed it as a brain aneurysm.

"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 pop vocalist female, the first of four nominations in her career. She also made television appearances, including guest spots on "CHIPs," and in films "Mugsy's Girls" and "Backstage."

Branigan released seven albums after her debut "Branigan," including "Solitaire,""Self Control," and "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You," which was co-written with Michael Bolton. Her songs also appeared on soundtracks for the films "Flashdance" and "Ghostbusters."."

And it's always sad when celebrities die young and the only career highlights the AP can find include writing crap ballads and acting on bad TV shows.

Apparently she was a big supporter of Project Angel Food, which provides meals and nutritional counseling to men, women and children disabled by HIV/AIDS.

But they don't write about that. They associate her with a no-talent assclown like Michael Bolton and her five minutes with Officer Poncherello.

I'll be glad to be dead, so I don't have to read my obituary.

Posted by Jeff at August 29, 2004 07:21 AM