Irene Cara Death: Fame and Flashdance Star Dies at 63!

Irene Cara Death: American singer and actress Irene Cara Escalera passed away on November 25, 2022 (born March 18, 1959). In 1980, Cara shot to fame thanks to her performance as Coco Hernandez in the musical film Fame and the success of her cover of the film's title song, “Fame,” which topped the charts in multiple countries.

Cara earned an Academy Award and a Grammy Award in 1984 for her performance of “Flashdance… What a Feeling,” which she sang and co-wrote for the film of the same name. Cara starred as Sparkle Williams in the original 1976 version of the musical drama film Sparkle, before she became famous for her role in Fame.

Irene Cara Cause of Death

On Saturday, Irene Cara's publicist Judith Moose announced her death via the singer's website. There were 63 years between them.

The statement stated, “It is with tremendous sadness that I announce on behalf of her family that Irene Cara has passed away.”

Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter, and producer died in her Florida home. The details surrounding her death, including the reason why she passed away, are now unclear.

 The statement went on to say that Irene's family had asked for privacy while they dealt with their loss.

Her films and music will continue to honor her legacy for all time. She will soon have a memorial ceremony for her many supporters, and funeral arrangements are still being made.

Following the tragic news of her client's passing, Moose tweeted that it is “the absolute hardest aspect of being a publicist.”

After starring as high school star Coco Hernandez and singing the disco-influenced title song of the 1980 film Fame, the actress found instant fame. She received two 1981 Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for this song.

Flashdance, starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri, was another film soundtrack that featured Cara's vocal work in 1983. Cara's co-written song “Flashdance… What a Feeling” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed there for six consecutive weeks.

After winning Best Original Song and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 56th Academy Awards in 1984, the synth-drenched song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. In addition to Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, the song also took home a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media the same year.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Cara maintained a career as an actress on both television and the stage. Besides those two live albums, she has also recorded four studio albums: Anyone Can See (1982), What a Feelin' (1983), Carasmatic (1987), and Irene Cara Presents Hot Caramel (2011).

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