The legendary Disco Queen, [lastfm]Donna Summer[/lastfm], died this morning at the age of 63, according to her family.
TMZ.com, which first reported news of her death, said that she died in Florida. Summer has a beach house near Venice, Florida, which is south of Sarasota. TMZ is also claiming its sources report Summer had lung cancer which she believed was caused by exposure to toxic particles in New York after 9/11.
Her family has issued a statement confirming the death. ”While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.”
Summer was a five-time Grammy winner who exploded onto the music scene and quickly rose to superstar status during the disco era of the ’70s with iconic hits including Last Dance, Hot Stuff and Bad Girls.
Donna released her last album, Crayon in 2008. That same year she performed on American Idol with the top female contestants.
She had been trying to keep her illness quiet, as she tried to finish up an album she had been working on.
She is survived by her husband – singer and producer Bruce Sudano; their daughters, Brooklyn and Amanda; and Summer’s daughter, Mimi, from a previous marriage.
Rest in peace, Donna Summer. Thanks for good times we had listening and dancing to your music.
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