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Oscar Winning Singer Irene Cara: Dead At 63

The Oscar-winning musician best known for singing the title tracks to the movies “Fame” and “Flashdance,” Irene Cara has passed away at the age of 63. 

Taking to Cara’s website and Twitter feed, the actress/musician’s publicist Judith A. Moose posted:  

“It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara.” “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.”

Moose stated that releasing the news was “absolutely the worst part of being a publicist,” adding, “I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news.” “She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”

Cara received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Coco Hernandez in the 1980 musicial “Fame,” and later sang and co-wrote “Flashdance… What A Feeling” for the soundtrack of the 1983 blockbuster “Flashdance,” which starred Jennifer Beals as an aspiring dancer.

Cara won two Grammy awards for “Flashdance … “, Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or A Television Special, and for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. 

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Author: Al Denté

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