Oscar-winning Flashdance and Fame singer Irene Cara dies aged 63

Oscar and Grammy-winning musician Irene Cara has died at the age of 63, her journalist says.

ara is best known for singing and co-writing the song Flashdance… What A Feeling, for which she won an Academy Award as well as two Grammy Awards.

She also portrayed the character Coco Hernandez in the 1980 musical film Fame.

Her agent, Judith Moose, announced the news in a statement posted on Cara’s official Twitter account on Saturday morning.

Moose said Cara passed away at her home in Florida and the cause of death is still unknown.

She wrote: “On behalf of her family, I am deeply saddened to announce the passing of Irene Cara.

“The Oscar-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer has passed away at her home in Florida. Her cause of death is unknown at this time and will be announced as information becomes available.

“Irene’s family has asked for privacy as they deal with their grief. She is a wonderfully talented soul with a legacy that will live on forever through her music and movies. Funeral services are pending and a memorial service for her fans is planned at a future date.”

The journalist also asked people to share their thoughts and memories of the singer, adding: “I will read each of them and know that she will smile from Heaven. She loves her fans.”

Cara, born in the Bronx, New York City, in 1959, worked in television and theater before landing the lead role in the 1976 musical film Sparkle.

She subsequently rose to international fame for her role in Fame, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

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Her hit song Flashdance also earned her the Academy Award for Best Original Song and two Grammy Awards for Best Original Score Album Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special and for Performance. Best Female Pop Vocalist.

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