The Belgian singer Maurane was found dead in Brussels in the night from Monday to Tuesday. She had been known in France since her participation in Starmania and the Nouvelle Star.
Belgian singer Claudine Luypaerts, known as Maurane , was found dead Monday night at her home in Brussels at the age of 57. A few days earlier, she announced on social networks his return to the front of the stage after two years of absence.
The death, announced by the RTBF public channel , was confirmed by the Brussels public prosecutor’s office at the Belga press agency, and an autopsy will have to determine the cause.
At this stage of the investigation, “death is not considered suspicious by the intervention of a third party,” said a spokesman of the prosecution.
Starmania and The Nouvelle Star
Maurane had been known in France since the 1980s and her participation in the musical “Starmania” co-produced by Michel Berger, and more recently for having been sworn in the TV show “La Nouvelle Star”.
Several appearances on stage these last days in Belgium on the occasion of homage to Jacques Brel heralded a resumption of her career, which she put in parentheses, in particular because of problems with the vocal cords. She had herself announced this return in recent days on social networks.
“Today, I officially set foot on a stage after more than 2 years of absence. I will not tell you in what state I am … You must be aware, “she wrote last Thursday on his Facebook page, before a party devoted to Brel in Wallonia.
On Saturday and Sunday in Brussels she sang duel duel with other artists at the occasion of a mini concert and then an outdoor festival in front of thousands of people.
Tribute to Lara Fabian
Maurane was preparing a tour scheduled for the spring of 2019, in the wake of an album dedicated to Jacques Brel who was to come out in the autumn on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of death
“Regarding the album, things are progressing well since 14 songs are recorded (…) A first single should come out this summer,” she added on Facebook.
On the night after the announcement of the death, Lara Fabian and Christophe Willem were among the first to pay tribute to Maurane on social networks.
— Lara Fabian (@LFabianOfficial) May 8, 2018
“What sadness to learn the disappearance of Maurane, one of the greatest voices (…) the shock is brutal, so I have his face and the sound of his voice engraved in my memory, a mixture of eternal sweetness and disillusionment on the “reacted Christophe Willem on his Instagram account next to a black and white photo of Maurane.
Quelle tristesse d’apprendre la disparition de Maurane, une des plus grandes voix… J’arrive souvent à trouver les mots pour exprimer ce que je ressens mais là… ils me manquent tant le choc est brutal, tant j’ai son visage et le son de sa voix gravés dans ma mémoire, mélange de douceur éternelle et de désillusion sur la vie… Elle savait mieux que personne nous toucher en plein cœur car elle ne chantait pas, elle vivait sa musique, comme une respiration lente, profonde, pour essayer de suspendre le temps ne serait ce qu’un instant et adoucir ce monde, son monde… Sois en paix, sereine et heureuse 🙏🏼
Admirer of Nougaro
From Canada, singer Lara Fabian has hailed a “rare” artist, “bigger than music”.
“I’m sitting here in my little white office in Montreal, I do not want to realize you’re gone, I can not. I tell myself that you are going to call and shout at me, because we do not see enough, “she posted on her Facebook page.
Maurane was famous for her outspokenness and her anger.
Born November 12, 1960 in Ixelles from a pianist mother and a director of a music academy, Claudine Luypaerts, the future Maurane, had grown up in Scharbeek, another municipality of Brussels, according to its official website currently under reconstruction.
She had participated in teen singing competitions and held in 1979 a role in a musical show already in tribute to Jacques Brel. She had recorded her first album “J’me rolls into a ball” in 1980.
Maurane was particularly a great admirer of Claude Nougaro to whom she had devoted a cover of covers in the 2000s.
10 solo albums
Maurane has released ten solo albums including the “Friend or Foe” which has sold 400,000 copies (according to Belga).
A committed artist, she participated in several fundraisers for the Restos du Coeur, Soirée des Enfoirés and Sol en Si (Solidarité Enfants Sida).
In the cinema, she had given the reply to François Cluzet in Collier rouge, Jean Becker’s latest film released earlier this year.
She was the mother of a daughter, Lou, born in 1993.