Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, has passed away. This is a sad day for all who loved her and her music. Find out more here…
9:27 AM PST- TMZ states that Donna died from lung cancer. Several sources are saying Donna believed she contracted it by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 attack in New York City.
9:35 AM PST- Donna’s family just released a statement, claiming, they “are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.”
MailOnline — Hot Stuff singer Donna Summer is understood to have died this morning after a battle with cancer at 63. The star, known as the Queen of Disco, passed away in Florida, according to TMZ. Sources say she had attempted to keep the extent of her illness from fans and was recently trying to finish up her latest album. The news has not yet been confirmed by her spokesperson.
Summers, real name LaDonna Gaines, is best know for her string of 70s hits, including I Feel Love, Last Dance and Bad Girls. She was a five-time Grammy Award winner and the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart. She also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a thirteen-month period.
Summers married actor Helmuth Sommer in 1973 before giving birth to the couple’s daughter Mimi later that year.
Although the marriage crumbled in 1975, she kept an altered version of her ex’s surname to use as her stage name. She married Brooklyn Dreams musician Bruce Sudano in 1980 and the couple went on to have two daughters, Brooklyn, born in 1981 and Amanda the following year.
As well has staggering career highs, Summer also endured personal lows. She suffered serious depression in the wake of September 11. Friends eventually intervened and the born-again Christian also found strength in her faith.