Irene Cara, star of 80s classics Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’, dies at 63

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Irene Cara, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning actress and singer-songwriter best known for her work in the cult ’80s films “Flashdance” and “Fame,” has died at her Florida home, her publicist Judith Moose said in a statement posted on Twitter on Saturday.

At the moment, the cause of death is unknown.

“She was a beautiful gifted soul whose legacy will live on forever through her music and her films,” the statement said of the 63-year-old artist.

Cara’s career in show business began at an early age and spanned theater, television, music, and film. The artist got her big break in 1980, when she was cast as Coco Hernandez in the iconic musical film “Fama,” which chronicled the vicissitudes of a group of New York high school students.

The musical’s title track, sung by Cara, won the Oscar for best original song and earned the artist two Grammy Award nominations, among other accolades.

Cara’s rise to Hollywood stardom continued in the following years. In 1983 he co-wrote and sang the title track for the hit film “Flashdance,” which earned him the coveted Academy Award for Best Original Song and became one of the defining songs of the decade.

Moose, the publicist, said a tribute for Cara’s fans will be planned “at a future date,” and funeral services for the artist are pending.

Tributes to Cara took place on social media on Saturday.

“Irene Cara, you have inspired me more than you could ever know. Your compositions and voice created a pure energy that will never cease,” musician Lenny Kravitz said on Twitter.

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