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“Flashdance” singer Irene Cara died

With "What a Feeling" she had a world disco hit in 1983, but after that it became quiet about singer Irene Cara. / "Flashdance" singer Irene Cara died

Now she died in Florida at the age of 63 – for reasons that are still unknown, as her agent announced. / “Flashdance” singer Irene Cara died

The US singer and actress Irene Cara is dead. Her agent Judith Moose wrote on Cara’s Twitter profile that the 63-year-old died at her home in Florida “for reasons that are still unknown”. The cause of death will be released when information becomes available, Moose said.

The Caras family is currently requesting privacy, Moose wrote, describing the singer as a “wonderfully blessed soul whose legacy will forever live on in her music and films.”

Irene Cara died: She was an actress and singer

Cara was born in the Bronx in New York in 1959 and appeared on Spanish and US television from an early age, including with her father’s mambo band. As an actress, she also had her first minor successes at a young age in the theater as well as with “Sparkle – Der Weg zum Star” and in the slavery mini-series “Roots”.

In 1980, the lead role of Coco Hernandez in the theater drama “Fame” and its Oscar-winning title song finally helped her to break through. A sitcom pilot followed in the USA in 1981, which was not developed into a series after bad reviews.

Golden Globe and Grammy for “Flashdance” hit

Cara’s greatest success was her song “What a Feeling” for the film “Flashdance”: For the hit she wrote together with Italo-Disco producers Giorgio Moroder and Keith Forsey, Cara won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award as well best pop vocalist.

The song also became a big hit thanks to a clip with film excerpts on then-nascent music television and topped the US charts for six weeks.

In Germany, too, the song, which is still popular on the radio today, was able to hold its own in the hit list for more than half a year. The Gesellschaft für Verbraucherforschung put it in seventh place in the German annual charts for 1983.

Recently rather quiet about the artist

After that, Cara did not have any major successes, also because she was considered difficult because of a legal dispute with the US record company that was only settled years later. In 2001, a new recording with DJ Bobo made it into the German charts.

“What A Feeling” star Irene Cara is dead

She became world famous with her title songs for “Fame” or “Flashdance”. Irene Cara has now died at the age of 63.

She was a star of the 80’s, winning a Grammy in 1984 with her song “What A Feeling”. She already had an Oscar for the best film song in her pocket. Now Irene Cara is dead. Her spokeswoman Judith Moose announced this on Twitter on Saturday. The manager did not provide any information on the cause of death.

“It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of Irene Cara on behalf of her family. The Oscar-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away at her home in Florida. She was a wonderfully gifted soul whose legacy through her music and films for will always live on.”

Cara first attracted attention as an actress in 1975. She got a role in the thriller “Aaron Loves Angela” and a year later she played the title character in the musical drama “Sparkle – Der Weg zum Star”.

In the 1980s, Cara hailed awards

It would be another four years before the final breakthrough. When she was involved in “Fame – The Road to Fame”, the film title became the program for Cara. She played the role of Coco Hernandez and sang the theme song. The latter earned her an Academy trophy: she won the Oscar for Best Song in 1981. A gold boy in her closet that would later turn out to be a gold mine for the singer. Because the single was re-released in the wake of the TV series of the same name in 1982 and reached number 1 in the British singles chart and number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Cara was similarly successful in 1983 with “What a Feeling”, the title song of the feature film “Flashdance”. She also picked up an Oscar for it, and was also awarded a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1984.

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