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 Dead at 63
Donna Summer performs at the Partnership for Public Service Inaugural Gala at Cipriani's restaurant May 29, 2003 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

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. (More Donna Summer stories.)

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