Irene Cara dead: Oscar-winning Flashdance and Fame singer dies aged 63.
Cara was best known for singing and co-writing the theme tune to the 1983 film Flashdance.
She won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for her work on the track, titled “Flashdance… What a Feeling”.
Cara also portrayed Coco Hernandez in the 1980 musical film Fame.
News of Cara’s death was announced on her official Twitter account on the morning of Saturday 26 November. Her publicist Judith Moose also confirmed the news to Eyewitness News.
Irene Cara, award-winning singer of popular ‘80s songs “Fame” and “Flashdance…What a Feeling” has died. She was 63.
A statement was posted on early Saturday morning from her official Twitter account on behalf of her publicist. The cause of death is “currently unknown.”
“It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara,” the statement said.
“The Academy Award winning actress, singer, songwriter, and producer passed away in her Florida home. Her cause of death is currently unknown and will be released when information is available.”
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“Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief. She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films. Funeral services are pending and a memorial for her fans will be planned at a future date,” the statement concluded.
The post was signed off by her publicist, Judith A. Moose, JM Media Group president.
The Oscar-winning singer, songwriter and actor won an Academy Award for 1983’s “Flashdance… What a Feeling.”
She was also known for her popular song, “Gloria.”