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Irene Cara, star of Flashdance, dies at 63

For those who lived through the 80’s there are certain pop culture moments that capture the decade in steamy perfection. Flashdance is one of those moments and it’s theme song is it’s representation.

Irene Cara sung that song. (see video below)

Cara died in her Florida home of an undisclosed cause. She was 63.

Her publicist confirmed her death to Eyewitness News.

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

Cara was trained in music, dance and acting as a child and appeared on stage and on television, including appearances on PBS and on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show,” at a young age in the 1970s.

But she rocketed to fame when she was cast in the 1980 musical “Fame.” She was initially cast as a dancer but then had the role of Coco Hernandez written for her and she sang the title track.

She was nominated for two Grammys after “Fame,” for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Artist.