Academy Award-winning Flashdance…What A Feeling singer Irene Cara passed away due to high blood pressure and high cholesterol. tmz Report.
acclaimed entertainer found dead inside His Florida He died at home on November 25, 2022, aged just 63 – his publicist Judith Moose confirmed.
Irene's official cause of death is arteriosclerosis and hypertensive heart disease, and it was noted that the late star had diabetes in documents from the medical examiner in Pinellas County and obtained by TMZ.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Irene Cara on behalf of her family,” Moose said in a statement. ‘The cause of his death is currently unknown and will be released as information becomes available.'
The post comes right after a death hoax regarding Cara, who starred in Fame and sang its theme, has many fans fearing that the latest announcement may be part of another hoax.
Tragedy: Academy Award-winning Flashdance…What A Feeling singer Irene Cara dies of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, TMZ reports (pictured 2007)
Twitter user Rachel L wrote in response to Moose, “Sorry if this is true but I'm afraid it's hard to believe after this hoax.” ‘On Friday (25 November) the actress's rep officially confirmed that Irene Cara is not dead.
A previous announcement said, “She has joined a long list of celebrities who have fallen victim to this hoax.”
However, Moose confirmed that Saturday's announcement was genuine, and said that ‘we are all in shock.'
Born in the Bronx as Irene Escalera, Cara had humble roots – her mother Louise was a cashier, while her father Gaspar was a steel worker and musician.
Cara inherited her father's talents, becoming a trained singer, actor and dancer, making numerous appearances on stage and television as a child, including on PBS and Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show.
The artist rose to fame in 1980 playing Coco Hernandez in the hit musical Fame.
She received two Grammy nominations for Music and won Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Artist.
Cara won a Grammy and an Oscar in 1984 with the title track of Flashdance, which starred Jennifer Beals.
Cara was beloved for her 1980 role as Coco Hernandez in the hit musical film Fame (pictured)
Many fans were in shock and didn't immediately believe the news of Cara's passing following the rumor
Pictured: Cara (far left) posing with fellow famous actors in 1980. Her rendition of the theme song remains one of the most memorable tunes from a decade full of classics.
Pictured: Cara holding the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female Vocalist. They released some of the most memorable hits of the 80s
She dropped out of the limelight after she sued her former record company over her earnings during the 1990s. In 1993, a California jury awarded Kara $1.5 million.
Confirming Cara's death, Moose wrote: ‘She was a beautiful gifted soul whose legacy will live on forever through her music and films.'
The publicist also expressed sympathy for fans of the artist over his recent death hoax.
‘None of us have been contacted regarding this hoax on the Facebook page. I completely understand that it is hard to believe. We are all in shock.
The youngest of five children, Cara made her stage debut at the young age of three, earning a spot as a finalist for the Little Miss America pageant in 1962.
The daughter of Puerto Rican and Cuban-American, Cara briefly worked on Spanish-language TV shows before becoming a regular on the PBS educational program, The Electric Company.
Along with her television work, Cara performed in several Off-Broadway productions, and her first major role came as the titular Sparkle Williams in the 1976 musical drama film, Sparkle.
Prior to fame, Cara also played the lead role in the 1979 sequel to the classic Roots TV miniseries.
Although her stardom peaked in the 1980s, Cara continued to perform for decades, appearing in films such as DC Cab, City Heat and Downtown, A Street Tale.
Following the confirmation of Cara's death, fans of the iconic singer flooded social media to share their grief.
Twitter user Jimmy Pavolic said that he has loved Cara's vocals since watching Fame as a child.
‘Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Irene Cara, this song has stayed with me ever since I heard it at age 12, my deepest condolences to her family, friends and fans. RIP Irene Cara.'
Journalist and Disney alumnus Steven McCoy wrote: ‘I first met Ms Irene Cara many years ago, she was a truly beautiful, kind and spiritual woman. He even sent me a gift package to my home and is still dear to my heart. You will be truly missed.'
Another Twitter user with the handle Cromwell described Cara as the soundtrack of the 1980s.
‘This is very sad. Irene was the writer, voice and performer of many of the best songs and movie songs of the 80s. #Fame to #OutHereOnMyOwn has a special place in my heart. Sleep well, sweet lady.
Cara was beloved for her performance singing the title track Fame. She is pictured with Lea Currie, who played Bruno.