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‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ singer Irene Cara’s cause of death revealed

New York Post logo: MainLogo New York Post 2/2/2023 Erin Keller

“Fame” star Irene Cara’s cause of death reportedly resulted from hypertension and high cholesterol.

According to TMZ, which claimed to review the 63-year-old’s medical documents from the medical examiner in Pinellas County, the singer’s official cause of death is Arteriosclerotic and Hypertensive Cardiovascular Disease.

The documents also allegedly state Cara was diabetic.

The Post has contacted the medical examiner’s office as well as a rep for Cara.

Cara died on November 26 inside her Largo, Florida, home. She is best known for massive soundtrack hits to the films “Flashdance” and “Fame.”

Her top hits included “Fame” in 1980 and 1983’s “Flashdance … What a Feeling,” the latter of which she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.

© Provided by New York Post Irene Cara circa 1970.Michael Ochs Archives

Although she once sang that she wanted people to remember her name, the 80’s icon allegedly became a “recluse” in recent years.

“She didn’t talk to anyone,” Roseann Nolan, who lived across the street from Cara, told The Post in December. “I didn’t even know it was her living there until a few years ago. It was the best-kept secret ever.”

© Provided by New York Post Cara is best known for her acting and singing on the soundtracks for “Fame” and “Flashdance.”

Her next-door neighbor, Maria Contreras, 59, also told The Post that Cara would never take her up on offers to take walks on the beach or socialize. Contreras claimed she tried to befriend Cara even before knowing about her glitzy past but no one, even the man who mowed her star’s yard, ever went inside her house.

“She greeted you outside by the garage,” Contreras recalled.

© Provided by New York Post Irene Cara pictured in 1983. Getty Images © Provided by New York Post Irene Cara’s neighbors called the star a “recluse” in recent years.WireImage

“She got very angry with me when I took down a fence between our houses because I wanted to put a new one up. She sent me such crazy messages that I saved them on my phone. She was worried that she wouldn’t be safe with the fence down, even for a day,” she added.

However, Cara’s representative, Judith Moose, and her LA-based manager of nearly two decades, Betty McCormick, had a different version of Cara in recent years. McCormick told The Post that she disagreed with neighbors’ assessment of Cara’s last years but did admit that the COVID-19 pandemic was tough on the singer.

© Provided by New York Post Cara appeared at the Covenant With Youth Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. on April 26, 2007.Getty Images

“She was very afraid of getting the [COVID] virus,” McCormick said. “She really struggled during that period.”

Her reps also told The Post that Cara left Hollywood and the music industry on her own terms, for the most part, and had been trying to revive her career in the months prior to her death.


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