Irene Cara, the singer-actress has passed away at the age of 63.
she was best known for appearing in the 1980s films Fame and Flashdance
According to Cara's publicist, Judith Moose, she passed away at her home in Florida.
She stated that the death's "currently unknown" cause.
Cara was born in the Bronx district of New York City to a working-class Puerto Rican and Cuban family.
Her acting credits included a role on the children's programme The Electric Company in the 1970s.
She performed on the title song, which was up for best original song at the Academy Awards.
Cara accepted the Oscar for "Flashdance's" best original song.
For her contribution on Flashdance, she also received two Grammy awards.
A subsequent generation of artists was influenced by Cara.
Seth Rudetsky, claims that watching Cara as a child influenced his professional goals.
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