Irene Cara, the Oscar-winning singer best known for singing the title songs to the movies “Fame” and “Flashdance,” has died. She was 63.
According to her publicist Judith A. Moose, Cara died in her home.
“It is with profound sadness that, on behalf of her family– I announce the passing of Irene Cara,” Moore said in a statement on the singer’s Twitter feed. “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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The news of Cara’s death was also confirmed to KABC.
Moose additionally noted that Cara’s death seemed to be a surprise, adding, “I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news” and that “she was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”
For her performance as Coco Hernandez in the 1980 musical Fame, Cara received a Golden Globe nomination. She later sang and co-wrote “Flashdance… What A Feeling” for the soundtrack of the 1983 blockbuster Flashdance starring Jennifer Beals as an aspiring dancer.
Cara won two Grammys for the song, including Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or A Television Special and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Later in her career, Cara appeared in numerous films and performed in live musicals and theater.