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Irene Cara, ‘Flashdance’ and ‘Fame’ singer, dies, aged 63

The New York singer and actor earned an Oscar and Grammy for 'Flashdance... What a Feeling'


Irene Cara, the American singer and actor best known for singing theme songs for Flashdance and Fame, has died. She was 63.

Born in 1959 in the Bronx, New York, Cara came to prominence for her portrayal of Coco Hernandez in the hugely popular 1980 musical film Fame. Upon release, her title track for the film reached No.1 in several countries. 

In 1983, she sang and co-wrote 'Flashdance... What a Feeling' from Adrian Lyne's romantic drama film Flashdance, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Revisit the classic theme below.

Cara passed away in her home in Largo, Florida on 25th November. Cara's publicist, Judith A. Moore, announced the news via Twitter on 26th November.

"This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist," wrote Moore. "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." Read an additional statement by Moore below.

Across her career, Cara released four studio albums, including 1987's 'Carasmatic,' featuring guests including Luther Vandross, Bonnie Raitt and Carole King.