’80s Oscar winning ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ singer Irene Cara dies, age 63

Nov 28, 2022
Irene Cara's cause of death is currently unknown. Source: Getty

Irene Cara, the songstress behind the title song from the ’80s cult movie Fame and generation-defining hit Flashdance…What a Feeling from Flashdance, has died at age 63.

News of her passing was confirmed by her publicist Judith A. Moose, who informed the media of the devastating news on Saturday, November 26, sharing that the singer had died at her home in Florida.

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

“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.

“Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief.

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


Since announcing Irene’s death, fans of the late star have taken to social media to express their disbelief and share her impact on their lives.

As a teen, the New York-born Cara began her acting career on Broadway, starring in small roles for musicals like The Me Knowbody Knows and Jesus Christ Superstar.

She then appeared on TV’s Electric Company and started acting in movies including Aaron Loves Angela and Sparkle.

Her breakthrough in the entertainment industry came after she was cast in the hit musical Fame. Her remarkable performance in Fame earned her two Grammy nominations for best new artist and best pop vocal in 1981.

Three years later, in 1984 she won two Grammys for her song Flashdance…What a Feeling and won an Academy Award for Best Orginal Song at the 1983 Oscars.


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