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Grand-Place tribute to Belgian singer Maurane

23:00 08/05/2018

Several hundred people gathered in central Brussels on Tuesday evening to pay a musical tribute to Maurane, the 57-year-old Belgian singer who was found dead in her home just days after making a concert comeback.

Her best-selling hits were played on loudspeakers in the Grand-Place, while Schaerbeek, where she lived, announced that a square will be renamed in her honour.

Maurane began her career singing on the streets and in Brussels cafes and had released 10 albums, performing with the likes of Celine Dion and Johnny Hallyday.

She was forced to take a break in 2016 because of problems with her vocal cords - and only returned to the stage for the first time last weekend in a Jacques Brel tribute concert, performing a duet with young singer-songwriter Typh Barrow.

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel described Maurane as "a committed artist, an outstanding singer, an inspiring voice and an endearing personality".

The cause of her death is not yet known, but is not being treated as suspicious.

Photo: Thierry Roge/Belga