Singing legend Donna Summer died early on Thursday, May 17 at the age of 63 after a long battle with cancer, according to her publicist, Brian Edwards.
Although TMZ first reported that Donna Summer had died of lung cancer, Edwards would only confirm that the singer did succumb to the disease. In a public statement, Summer’s family revealed that they “are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.”
Donna Summer, dubbed the Queen of Disco, was a dominant force in music during the 1970s and 80s with such hits as “Love to Love You Baby,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls,” “Last Dance,” and “She Works Hard for the Money.”
Summer had an incredible career that spanned six decades, winning five Grammy awards and was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. Donna Summer was the first artist to ever release three consecutive #1 albums and has sold over 130 million albums worldwide.
The outpouring of grief from many of Summer’s peers and friends began early on Thursday morning. Summer is survived by her husband, singer Bruce Sudano and her three children, Mimi, Amanda, and Brooklyn.