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Award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress Irene Cara died at 63.
The cause of death is currently unknown, which is raising questions among fans. More information will be reported when available.
Rest in peace, Irene Cara.😞🙏 pic.twitter.com/nMnO39WBHr
— Rosie Martinez (@Roxielady62) November 26, 2022
She won an Academy Award in 1983 for her performance in “Flashdance… What a Feeling.” She was also well known for her popular song, “Gloria.”
Her publicist released a statement that confirmed the cause of death is “currently unknown.”
Irene Cara, best known for singing the title tracks of the classic 1980s films Fame and Flashdance, has died at the age of 63.
She won the Oscar for Best Original Song and a Grammy for Flashdance, and played the role of Coco Hernandez in Fame and will be missed. pic.twitter.com/tvlZr2AO80
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) November 26, 2022
“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.”
BREAKING: Irene Cara, the iconic voice behind hit movie soundtrack songs, "Fame" and "Flashdance… What a Feeling," has died at age 63, her publicist said. https://t.co/KiDZZTJN7S pic.twitter.com/pYT2cMlLuT
— ABC News (@ABC) November 26, 2022
“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.
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. 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. – JM pic.twitter.com/TsC5BwZ3fh
— Irene Cara (@Irene_Cara) November 26, 2022
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The post was signed off by her publicist, Judith A. Moose, JM Media Group president.
Cara rose to stardom after being cast in the 1980 musical “Fame.”
Following her work on “Fame,” she was nominated for two Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Artist.
“Flashdance… What a Feeling” hit Billboard’s Hot 100 for 25 weeks in 1983. It ranked No. 6 for six weeks, according to Billboard.
In 1984, “Breakdance” shattered records for reaching No. 8 on the Billboard 100. Cara was born on March 18, 1959, in New York City.