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Irene Cara, singer and actress of the 1980s hits “Fame” and “Flashdance,” passes away at age 63

She co-wrote and sang the title song for the popular film “Flashdance” in 1983, earning Cara the coveted Academy Award for Best Original Song in the process.

Irene Cara, singer and actress of the 1980s hits "Fame" and "Flashdance," passes away at age 63

Irene Cara, who is a famous Flashdance singer, passed away at the age of 63. Born in America she was an actress and a Singer. Her famous track ‘fame’ in the movie Fame came out in 1980.

She has also worked in movies with Tatum O’Neal and Client Eastwood. The cause of the death of the actress is still unknown says her publicist, the actress who passed away at her home in Florida confirmed her publicist, posted on Cara’s Twitter account early Saturday morning.

Irene’s passing is announced by me on behalf of her family with great regret, according to Judith A. Moose. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, composer, and producer killed away abruptly in her Florida home.

The message read, “Irene’s family has requested privacy while they mourn their loss.” She was an incredibly gifted individual whose films and songs will endure forever.

She stated that funeral plans are still being finalized and that a memorial gathering for Cara’s fans will be planned in the future. Irene was born in 1959 in the Bronx region of New york city. 

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She was of Cuban-American heritage from her mother’s side while her father was Puerto Rico born. She was the fifth-born daughter and the youngest among her siblings. 

Irene Cara, singer and actress of the 1980s hits "Fame" and "Flashdance," passes away at age 63

She appeared in a lot of musicals, on and off Broadway. As a young girl, she recorded her music in English and Spanish. 

In 1980 Cara started getting recognized as Coco Hernandez who sang the infamous title song in the movie ‘Fame’  She was nominated for Best Actress at the Golden Globe awards in 1981 for the same.

Later, Cara wrote, “Flashdance… What A Feeling” with Giorgio Moroder and Keith Forsey for the soundtrack of the 1983 smash blockbuster film Flashdance.

At the 26th Annual Grammy Awards in 1984, the famous performer won two awards for the smash single “Flashdance… What A Feeling”: best album of original score written for a motion picture or a television special, and best pop vocal performance, female. At the 1983 Oscars, it also brought the star the Best Original Song Academy Award.

In the end, Flashdance earned the third-highest box office total in 1983. Cara was recognized as a “beautifully endowed person whose legacy will live forever via her music and films” by her publicist, Judith A. Moose.

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In a later statement, Cara’s agent claimed that she and the celebrity’s business manager were informed of the singer’s passing late on Friday night. She wrote, “I wish that weren’t true. Believe me on that.”

Her publicist and her manager are “working on incredible initiatives that would have greatly delighted her and her admirers.” She would want that.

Throughout her career, Cara had three Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 songs, including “Breakdance,” “Out Here On My Own,” “Fame,” and “Flashdance… What A Feeling,” the latter of which spent six weeks at No. 1 before it.

Some of the happiest, most energizing pop tunes of the early 1980s were written by her.

Social media users paid tribute to Cara on Saturday, with Deborah Cox calling her an inspiration and Holly Robinson Peete describing her performance this way: “The fantastic combination of talent and beauty was overpowering to me. My heart is so bruised by this.

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She originally gained notoriety as one of the young actors portraying high school students involved in the performing arts in Alan Parker’s “Fame,” alongside co-stars Debbie Allen, Paul McCrane, and Anne Mear. Coco Hernandez, played by Cara, is a striving dancer who goes through various hardships, including a difficult photo shoot.

The amount of our contribution to the earthy light of this world will determine how radiant our souls will be as they shoot into space. I want to make a big difference,” she declares in the movie.

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