Disco Queen Donna Summer Dead at 63

Rucuss staffMay 17, 2012

Legendary disco singer Donna Summer died after a battle of cancer on Thursday.

Summer died from lung cancer at the age of 63, TMZ reports. She allegedly believed she contracted it by inhailing toxic particles after the 9/11 attack in New York. Summer’s family released a statement that they “are at peace celebrating her extradinary life and her continued legacy.”

“While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy,” the statement said. Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”

Summer, who was often called the Queen of Disco, was the first female artist to chart with back-to-back multi platinum double albums. She won five Grammy Awards and six American Music Awards and had three multi-platinum albums.

She debuted with her first album Lady of the Night in Europe in 1974. She catapulted to worldwide fame with Love to Love You Baby in 1975. Her song Last Dance won her first Grammy in 1978. Summer also received a Best Pop Vocal Performance Award for She Works Hard For the Money in 1984. Her music was a mix of genres, ranging from dance, rock, R&B and inspirational categories that helped her earn numerous Grammy awards.

Summer holds the record for most consecutive double albums to hit number one on the Billboard charts (three) and was the first female to have four number one singles in a 12-month period. She had three as a solo artist and one as a duo with Barbara Streisand.

Summer was also a trained painter. She told Atlantic City Weekly that she sold her first painting for $38,000. She estimated she sold close to a million dollars worth of art.

Summer is survived by her husband Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano in 1980 and they had three daughters and four grandchildren.

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