Fame and Flashdance singer Irene Cara has died at the age of 65 in her Florida home.
Cara sang and co-wrote the theme tune to classic movie Flashdance, What A Feeling, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
She also played the role of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 blockbuster Fame and for also recording its title song.
Cara’s publicist Judith Moose confirmed she had died on the star’s official Twitter account on Saturday and to Eyewitness News.
Moose said Cara had died at home in Florida and that her cause of death was currently unknown.
They wrote: ‘It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara.
‘The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer passed away in her Florida home. Her cause of death is currently unknown and will be released when information is available.
The statement continued: ‘Irene’s family has requested privacy as they process their grief. She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films.
‘Funeral services are pending and a memorial for her fans will be planned at a future date.’
Cara was born in The Bronx in New York City, the youngest of five children, and started her performing career on Spanish-language TV before becoming a regular on PBS’ education programme The Electric Company.
On the stage, Cara appeared in on- and off- Broadway productions including Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Me Nobody Knows and Maggie Flynn before being catapulted to fame in Fame
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