'Fame' and 'Flashdance' singer Irene Cara dies at 63

His publicist, Judith A. Moose announced the news on social media, writing that the cause of death is "currently unknown."  Moose also confirmed the death to an Associated Press reporter on Saturday.  Kara died at her home in Florida.  The exact day of his death was not disclosed.

Moose wrote, "Irene's family has requested privacy as they process their grief."  "She was a beautiful soul of genius whose legacy will live on forever through her music and films."

During her career, Cara has had three Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Breakdance," "Out Here on My Own," "Fame" and "Flashdance... What a Feeling," which spent six weeks at number one.  Till number 1 remained.  1. He was behind some of the most joyous, high-energy pop anthems of the early '80s.

Tributes poured in on social media Saturday, including Deborah Cox, who called Cara an inspiration, and Holly Robinson Peet, who remembered Cara's performance, saying: "The insane combination of talent and beauty was overwhelming to me. It broke my heart."  hurts a lot."

She first came to prominence among young actors playing performing arts high schoolers in Alan Parker of Fame, in which she co-starred Debbie Allen, Paul McCracken, and Anne Meier.  Cara plays Coco Hernandez, a spirited dancer who ends up having all kinds of depravities, including a creepy nude photo shoot.

'Fame' and 'Flashdance' singer Irene Cara dies at 63

"How fast our spirits race into space depends on how much we have contributed to the earthly genius of this world. And I mean a major contributor!"  she says in the film.

 Three years later, she and the Flashdance songwriting team won an Oscar for Best Original Song for the song "Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Keith Forsey and Cara, with music by Giorgio Moroder.

 The film starred Jennifer Beals as a steel-town girl who dances the night away at a bar and hopes to get into a prestigious dance conservatory.  It included the hit song "Manic", which featured Biles' character leaping, spinning, stomping her feet, and a slow-burn theme song.

Born in New York, Cara began her career on Broadway, playing small shows, though a musical called The Me Nobody Knows spanned more than 300 performances.  She appeared as Mary Magdalene in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar in the mid-1990s and toured with her songs on the musical Flashdance tour in 2012–14.

She also formed the all-female band Irene Cara Presents Hot Caramel and produced a double CD with the single "How Can I Make You Love Me".  His movie credits include Sparkle and D.C.  Cabs included.

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