Donna Summer Dead at 63
Disco queen dies after cancer struggle: TMZ
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2012 10:43 AM CDT
Updated May 17, 2012 11:46 AM CDT
Donna Summer performs at the Partnership for Public Service Inaugural Gala at Cipriani's restaurant May 29, 2003 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Disco queen Donna Summer died this morning at age 63, TMZ reports. Sources say the singer of such classics as “Last Dance” and “Hot Stuff” died in Florida after battling lung cancer, which she reportedly thought she contracted via toxic particles in New York City after the World Trade Center attacks. She had been trying to keep the severity of her illness quiet, and was hoping to finish her new album, sources say.

The AP has a statement from Summer's family, who say they "are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy." Summer, a five-time Grammy winner, married fellow singer Bruce Sudano in 1980, and the couple had two daughters.




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rjm
May 21, 2012 8:23 PM CDT
Donna. :(
VonLmo
May 17, 2012 5:37 PM CDT
Fortunately for her she had the resources to get medical care. The Mr & Ms no-bodies of NYC who are similarly afflicted, were denied medical insurance when the Congress denied funding for them. Read that to say the Republican Party refused to allow these people medical care.
chillette
May 17, 2012 2:43 PM CDT
The true Queen of Disco was Grace Jones. Donna Summer was the watered down Disney pop version for TV. The Black Snow White version of a disco queen.