“Flashdance” singer and 80s icon Irene Cara dies at the age of 63

Grammy winner Irene Kara died. The 63-year-old star died at her Florida home.

You might not recognize her name right away, but you’ve certainly heard her iconic music. Cara rose to fame in 1983 with the release of Flashdance… What a Feeling. The song was the title track for the hit film Flashdance. Although the music was written by Gorgio Moroder, Cara co-wrote the lyrics with Keith Forsey.

The song was a mega hit, rocketing through the Billboard Top 100, going to number one and staying there for six straight weeks. After selling over one million, the Recording Industry Association of America awarded the song its coveted gold certification. By 1984, Cara was reeling in the awards. “Flashdance…What a Feeling” won the Oscar for Best Original Song, but her crowning glory came at the Grammys, where she won for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Cara started her career not only as a singer/songwriter, but also as an actress. In fact, she appeared in dance movies before singing the title tracks, having played Coco Hernandez in another 80’s cult movie. Fame. This role earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actress – Comedy or Musical. Before that, she caused a stir in 1976 with her leading role sparklea film based on legendary singers The Supremes.

Cara’s publicist Judith A. Moose announced the singer’s death via Twitter, saying:

“That’s the absolute worst thing about being a publicist. I can’t believe I had to write this let alone post the news. Please share your thoughts and memories of Irene. I will read every one of them and know that she will smile from heaven. She loved her fans.”

Moose added that a memorial service for the singer’s fans will be announced at a later date. Her cause of death was not released.

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