"I really believed for almost a year that I would never sing again," Belgian singer Maurane, real name Claudine Luypaerts, said in a Sunday interview, describing a "rebirth," per the BBC. Over the weekend, the singer participated in a concert in Brussels, which was to mark the start of a comeback following vocal cord problems in 2016. But a tour planned to kick off early next year is now out of the question. Just 24 hours after the aforementioned interview, Maurane was found dead Monday in her home in the Brussels suburb of Schaerbeek. She was 57. Authorities are still investigating the cause, but they say the death is "not considered suspicious," reports Metro.
"A committed artist left us," tweeted Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, calling Maurane "an outstanding singer, an inspiring voice, an endearing personality." Canadian-Belgian singer Lara Fabian, who dueted with Maurane on the 2002 French-language hit "Tu Es Mon Autre," also celebrated the "rare" artist she said was "bigger than music." The daughter of a pianist and a music academy director, Maurane began performing in singing competitions as a teen before nabbing a role in the musical Starmania. She went on to release 10 solo albums—including 1991's Ami ou Ennemi, which went platinum in France—and perform with Celine Dion. Maurane most recently had a role in the TV talent show Nouvelle Star. She leaves behind an adult daughter. (Read more Belgium stories.)