Died Today: August 26, 2004 - Laura Branigan
"Laura Branigan (July 3, 1957 – August 26, 2004) studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and worked as a waitress while in school. She eventually got a job singing back-up vocals for Leonard Cohen, touring throughout Europe. In 1979 she was signed by Ahmet Ertegün to Atlantic Records, but the label was at first unsure how to categorize Branigan, given the singer's strong dramatic alto-voice with a four octave range."
"Her sudden death on August 26, 2004 was attributed to a brain aneurysm, which was also how her father and her paternal grandfather had died. Branigan was cremated, and her ashes were distributed over Long Island Sound."