Academy Award-Winning Actress Dead: Cause of Death Is Raising Questions

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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.

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.”

“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.”

“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.

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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.