The vocalist of the “Fame” and “Flashdance” theme songs, Irene Cara, passed away last week at the age of 63. Judith A. Moose, Cara’s publicist, initially announced the news on Twitter on Saturday.

“It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter, and producer passed away in her Florida home. Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief,” the statement read.

Her cause of death was not stated in the statement. While some admirers accepted the family’s decision to withhold additional information regarding her passing, others took advantage of the occasion to discuss Irene Cara’s health and any potential ailments she may have had.

Given that she was allegedly too young to pass away, some supporters believed there was no way she could pass away “that easy.” Others, however, discounted the rumor and asserted that people always experience health problems and illnesses between the ages of 50 and 60.

On the other hand, a new update from Cara’s official Twitter account dispelled reports that she passed away as a result of a vaccine.

The family acknowledged that they do not currently have any medical information, but that they will get it after the autopsy was finished. Aside from her cause of death, information regarding her memorial service and funeral arrangements is pending confirmation.

Aside from her cause of death, information regarding her memorial service and funeral arrangements is pending confirmation.

Irene Cara’s Legacy Will Live On, Per Publicist

Through the 1980 musical “Fame,” Cara began her career in music and acting. She sang the song’s title track while playing Coco Hernandez in the movie.

Her performance caught everyone’s attention, including that of the Grammy Awards, which during its 23rd annual ceremony in 1981 nominated her for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female).

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Along with “Fame,” Cara’s reputation soared after she contributed to and performed “Flashdance… What A Feeling” for the 1983 film “Flashdance.”

At the 26th Annual Grammy Awards in 1984, the song helped her win Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female) and Best Album of Original Score Written For a Motion Picture or a Television. At the 1983 Oscars, it was also named the Best Original Song.


Singer-actress Irene Cara, who starred in and sang the title track from the 1980 hit film “Fame,” then belted out the era-defining single “Flashdance,” is an Oscar, Golden Globe, and two-time Grammy winner. What a Feeling,” from “Flashdance” in 1983, has passed away. She was 63.

Her publicist, Judith A. Moose, shared the news on social media and verified the death to an Associated Press reporter on Saturday, noting that the cause of death was “currently unknown”. Cara passed away in her Florida home. Her death date, specifically, was not made public.

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