Irene Cara, beloved Oscar winner behind ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’, has died aged 63, her publicist says

Irene Cara, the Oscar-winning singer behind “Fame” and “Flashdance,” has died at the age of 63, her publicist says.

Cara died at her home in Florida, AEDT announced on Saturday.

“It is with deep sadness that I announce the death of Irene Cara on behalf of her family,” said her publicist, Judith A Moose.

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“The Oscar-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer has died at her home in Florida.

“The cause of her death is currently unknown and will be released as information becomes available.

“Irene’s family has requested privacy as she processes her grief. She was a wonderfully gifted soul whose legacy will live on forever through her music and films. Funerals are pending and a memorial to her fans is planned at a later date.”

As a teenager, Cara appeared on the television show Electric Company before starring in the films Aaron Loves Angela and Sparkle as a teenager.

Her breakthrough came in 1980 as Coco Hernandez in the musical Fame about New York’s High School for the Performing Arts.

She had a hit with that film’s theme song and another with the ballad “Out Here on My Own.” She was nominated for a Golden Globe and two Grammys that year.

Three years later, Cara co-wrote the lyrics to “Flashdance… What a Feeling,” another radio hit, for which she received an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

She had a few other hits, including “Why Me” and “Breakdance.” She has also acted in films such as City Heat with Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood, DC Cab with Mr T and Certain Fury with Tatum O’Neal.

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