Irene Cara, a legendary singer and actress of the 1980s best known for her work on the soundtracks to the movies “Flashdance” and “Fame,” has passed away. She was 63.
Cara died in her Florida home, her publicist said in a statement after she was informed of her passing on Saturday morning. The representative further stated that the cause of death is currently unknown and would be made public as additional details are available.
In a statement, rep Judith Moore said, “She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”
Cara’s biggest singles were “Fame” in 1980 and “Flashdance… What a Feeling” in 1983. For the latter song, she won both the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
She not only performed the title song in “Fame,” but she also played the part of Coco Hernandez, and the song contributed to the soundtrack of the movie becoming a multi-platinum album. After “Fame,” she received nominations for Best Female Pop Vocal Artist and Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards.
Funeral arrangements are being made, and a memorial service for her supporters will be held at a future date.
“This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news,” Moore said in a message posted Saturday on Cara’s Twitter account after reporting the death. “Please share your thoughts and memories of Irene. I’ll be reading each and every one of them and know she’ll be smiling from Heaven. She adored her fans.”
— Old School 80s (@OldSchool80s) November 26, 2022
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