Remember Her Name: Fame, Sparkle Star Irene Cara Died. She Was 63


Remember her name. Irene Cara.

Rest in Peace Irene Cara. The singer and actress passed away Nov 26. She was 63.

Cara’s publicist, Judith A. Moose, announced her passing via the singer’s Twitter account early Saturday morning.

“It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara,” Moose wrote.

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. She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.”

Cara is best known for singing and co-writing the song Flashdance’s title song, “Flashdance… What a Feeling.” She won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1984 for said song. Cara is also known for playing the role of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, and for recording the film’s title song “Fame”. Prior to her success with Fame, Cara portrayed the title character Sparkle Williams in the original 1976 musical drama film Sparkle.

Cara’s cause of death is currently unknown, but it will be released when information is available, her rep said. Funeral services are currently pending and a memorial for Cara’s fans will be planned at a future date, she added.

Watch her in Sparkle (Full Film):

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