Donna Summer Dead At Age 63
Legendary disco singer Donna Summer has passed away at the age of 63. TMZ reports that Donna died of lung cancer; several sources say that Donna believed she developed the disease after inhaling particles after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Other reports state that Donna was battling breast cancer.
Born in and raised in the Boston area, Donna was in Florida when she passed away. Though she took a break from recording from 1991-2008, reports say she was still working on an album this year. She toured as recently as 2010.
In her long and successful career, Donna won 5 Grammys and is best known for ’70s hits like “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls.” She is the only artist in history to have had a No. 1 dance hit in every decade since the 1970s. Donna was also a formally trained painter who has sold an estimated $1 million of original artwork.
She leaves behind her husband, Bruce Sudano, and three daughters, Mimi, Brooklyn and Amanda. Donna’s family released a statement, saying that they “are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.”
RIP, Donna. Here’s one of her classics, “Last Dance”: