American singer LAURA BRANIGAN has died from a brain aneurism at the age of 47.

The pop star, who found fame in the 1980s with hits GLORIA and SELF CONTROL, died in her sleep at her home in East Quogue, New York on Thursday (26AUG04).

Her brother says Branigan had complained of a head for two weeks before her death, but had not sought medical help.

The singer - who started out as a backing singer for legend Leonard Cohen - turned to acting after her musical career began to fade and won roles in TV hit CHIPS and films MUGSY'S GIRL and BACKSTAGE.

In one of her last roles she played Janis Joplin in New York stage musical LOVE, JANIS.

30/08/2004 02:40