Two-time Grammy award winner, Irene Cara who’s best known for her title track in the 1980 film Fame, as well as co-writing and singing the smash hit Flashdance has passed away aged 63.
The news was confirmed by her publicist, Judith A. Moose on Twitter who added that cause of death was “currently unknown”.
Cara sang and co-wrote the song “Flashdance… What a Feeling” (from the film Flashdance). For which she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1984.
She was the first Hispanic-black woman to win an Oscar in a category other than an acting category, as well as the second to be nominated outside an acting category.
She also played the role of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, and is credited for recording the film’s title song. Her performance earned her a Best Actress nomination at the 1981 Golden Globe Awards.