Irene Cara Escalera was an American singer, songwriter, and actress who shot to fame after performing the title song from the 1980 musical film Fame and starring Coco Hernandez. The song went to No. 1 in several countries.
Cara earned an Academy Award and a Grammy Award for her performance and writing of the song “Flashdance… What a Feeling” (from the film Flashdance) in 1983 and 1984, respectively. Cara starred as Sparkle Williams in the original 1976 version of the musical drama film Sparkle before she became famous for her role in Fame.
Irene Cara Cause of Death: How Did She Died?
Singing sensation and star of such films as “Fame” and “Flashdance,” Irene Cara, has tragically passed away, and the circumstances surrounding her passing have now been made public. High Blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetic disease were reported as the official cause of death for the 63-year-old actress, who suffered from hypertension and excessive cholesterol.
The Pinellas County Medical Examiner, who was reached for comment by PEOPLE’s but did not immediately respond, confirmed in their report that Cara had diabetes. On November 25th, the Academy Award and Grammy-winning vocalist passed away at her home in Largo, Florida.
Publicist Judith A. Moose said, “On behalf of her family, it is with profound grief that I announce the demise of Irene Cara.” An Oscar-winning actress, singer, songwriter, and producer, she “died away in her Florida home.”
‘Flash dance’ & ‘FAME’ Singer, IRENE CARA’S cause of death HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HIGH CHOLESTEROL & was Diabetic.
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“The family of Irene has asked for privacy while they deal with their loss,” Moose said. “She was incredibly talented, and her films and music will continue long after she’s gone.” Cara initially gained widespread attention after performing the show’s title song and starring as Coco Hernandez in the 1980 musical Fame.
She was nominated for best new artist and female pop vocal performance at the Grammys because of her stellar show. She co-wrote and sang the song “Flashdance… What a Feeling” for the successful movie of the same name, starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri, in 1983, three years after the song’s initial release.
Cara was honored with two Grammys and an Oscar for Best Original Song for this song. Irene Cara’s final Hot Caramel album was released in 2011.
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