Fame and Flashdance singer and actor Irene Cara dies aged 63

The Oscar-winning What A Feeling singer, who played Coco Hernandez in 1980’s Fame, died at her home in Florida, her publicist says

Irene Cara as Coco in 1980’s Fame.
Irene Cara as Coco in 1980’s Fame. Photograph: Mgm/Allstar

Irene Cara, best known for singing the title songs to the films Fame and Flashdance, has died aged 63.

Cara appeared as the main character Coco Hernandez in Fame, which was released in 1980. It told the story of students at the High School of Performing Arts in New York, taking them from their first auditions to their senior year.

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