Sad notice on a Thanksgiving weekend. Irene Cara has died at age 63, per her publicist. The Oscar-winning singer was best known for the Flashdance theme What A Feeling and for starring in Fame and singing that film’s unforgettable theme song. Cause of death hasn’t yet been divulged.

Cara got her Oscar for Best Original Song for the Flashdance tune What A Feeling, and also won two Grammys for a lively chart topper that perfectly captured the underdog journey of the welder-turned-dancer played by Jennifer Beals.

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. 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. Funeral services
are pending and a memorial for her fans will be planned
at a future date.
Judith A. Moose, President

Irene Cara


This is the absolute worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I’ve had to write this, let alone release the news. Please share your thoughts and memories of Irene. I’ll be reading each and every one of them and know she’ll be smiling from Heaven. She adored her fans. – JM


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