(CNN) — Academy Award winner Irene Cara, best known for singing the theme songs to the 1980s films “Fame” and “Flashdance,” died at her Florida home, according to a statement from the singer’s family and her publicist. . He was 63 years old.
“It’s the worst part of being a publicist. I can’t believe I even had to write this, let alone publish the story.” Judith Moose said in a tweet Announcement of the death of the singer. “Please share your thoughts and memories of Irene. I will read each and every one of them and I know she will smile from heaven. She adored her fans.”
Moose said, “She was a beautiful talent whose legacy will live on forever through her music and films.”
The cause of death is unknown, according to the broadcast statement.
As a young performer, Cara appeared on the television show “Electric Company” before starring in the films “Aaron Loves Angela” and “Sparkle” as a teen.
Her breakout came as Coco Hernandez in “Fame,” a 1980 musical about New York’s High School for the Performing Arts. She had one hit record with the title track from that film and another with the ballad “Out Here on My Own”. He was nominated for a Golden Globe and two Grammy Awards that year.
Three years later, Cara wrote the lyrics to “Flashdance… What a Feeling”, another radio hit for which she won an Oscar for Best Original Song and a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
He had a few other hits, including “Why Me” and “Breakdance”. He has also appeared in films such as “City Heat” with Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood, “DC Cab” with Mr. T, and “Certain Fury” with Tatum O’Neal.