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Irene Cara's cause of death has been revealed
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Irene Cara's cause of death has been revealed

Irene Cara, who died last year at the age of 63 years old, passed away due to arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease, reports indicate, citing documents from the Pinellas County Florida medical examiner, which also note that the woman was diabetic.

Cara was known for her role in the 1980's film "Fame." She was also known for the song "Flashdance ... What a Feeling." According to the Academy, Cara shared a best original song Oscar for that song with Giorgio Moroder and Keith Forsey. The Associated Press indicated that Cara cowrote the lyrics with Forsey, while Moroder wrote the music.

"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," Cara's publicist, Judith A. Moose, noted in a statement in November 2022. "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."

People on social media paid tribute to Cara in response to the news of her death last year.

"Irene Cara, you inspired me more than you could ever know. Your songwriting and vocals created pure energy that will never cease. You also defined an era that is so close to my heart," Lenny Kravitz tweeted. "Your portrayal of 'Coco' in Alan Parker's 'Fame' is immortal and know that I was madly in love with her. Thank you Irene. You’re gonna live forever," he added.

"So shocking and sad. I feel like I grew up with her. Deepest condolences to Ms Cara’s family. Her memory will truly bless us all," MSNBC host Joy Reid tweeted.

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