Irene Cara, Oscar-winning singer of title tracks to ‘Flashdance,’ ‘Fame’ dies at 63, rep says

Irene Cara, the Oscar-winning singer of the theme songs for “Fame” and “Flashdance,” has died at the age of 63, her publicist announced late Friday.

Cara died of unknown causes at her home in Florida.

Her publicist confirmed her death to Eyewitness News.

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

Trained in music, dance and acting as a child, Cara appeared on stage and television from a young age in the 1970s, including appearances on PBS and Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show”.

But she rose to fame when she was cast in the 1980 musical Fame. She was originally cast as a dancer but was then written to play Coco Hernandez and she sang the title track.

She was nominated for two Grammys by Fame, Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Singer.

Actress Irene Cara poses during an interview in Los Angeles on July 2, 1990.

AP Photo/Nick Ut

Then, in 1984, she won a Grammy and an Oscar with the title track to Flashdance, the film starring Jennifer Beals as the aspiring dancer.

She continued her dual career in acting and music, appearing in films such as “DC Cab” and “City Heat” as well as various television shows. She also continued to perform on stage and in live musicals.

“Irene’s family has requested privacy while she processes her grief,” Moose wrote. “She was a wonderfully gifted soul whose legacy will live on forever through her music and films.”

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