Belgian singer Claudine Luypaerts, known as Maurane, has died at the age of 57. She died just days after returning to the stage after a two-year absence, because of problems with her vocal cords.

Maurane was found dead on Monday evening, at her home in Schaerbeek, near Brussels. The cause of death is not known yet.

In 2016, Maurane had interrupted her career, because of problems with her vocal cords.

She was best known in recent years for her role in a TV talent show for young singers, Nouvelle Star (New Star).

She had returned to the stage in Brussels on the weekend, taking part in a concert in tribute to the singer Jacques Brel. She was preparing for a tour in spring 2019.

“Today I’m officially setting foot on stage after more than two years’ absence, I won’t tell you what state I’m in. You can just imagine.” She wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

Born on 12 November 1960 to a pianist mother and the director of a music academy, Maurane took part in several singing competitions as a teenager and had a role in the musical Starmania.

The first of her ten solo albums was ‘Danser’ and it was released in 1986.

Maurane was well-known for her outspokenness and her anger. She had a daughter, Lou, in 1993.

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