Flashdance and Fame singer Irene Cara dies aged 63 | Ents & Arts News

Irene Cara, the singer best known for the title tracks of Fame and Flashdance, has died aged 63.

Her publicist said she had died in her Florida home and that the cause of death was unknown.

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

“She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”

Cara won an Oscar for the song Flashdance… What A Feeling from the 1980s hit movie Flashdance.

Born in 1962 in New York City, she first dazzled audiences when she was just five years old.

She began her career singing and dancing on Spanish television performing with her fathers’ mambo band.

During her breakout role in the acclaimed 1980 musical Fame she was signed to be a recording artist in her own right and went on to score her biggest hit in the 1983 film Flashdance.

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