The “Queen of Disco” reigns no more. Donna Summer, 63, died in Florida this morning after a long battle with cancer. Fans are shocked at the news since her illness was not heavily publicized. The legendary singer put up a good fight, remaining active in the public eye until recently. Last June, Summer appeared as a guest panelist on Bravo’s hit music reality show Platinum Hit.
A source said in a report to TMZ that Summer appeared strong and healthy just two weeks ago. TMZ broke the sad story, saying that the singer tried to keep her illness a secret. Summer had three daughters, Mimi, from her first marriage to Helmuth Sommer, and Brooklyn and Amanda, from her second marriage to Bruce Sudano.
Summer, known for many hit songs including “Last Dance” and “Bad Girls,” was highly regarded as someone who changed the music world. Summer stocked up on awards as one of the most popular dance musicians in the industry.
She won five Grammy awards, and was the first artist to win Grammy awards three consecutive times for No. 1 double albums. In addition, she was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Many mega-stars say that Summer has influenced their music in some way, including Madonna, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, and Rihanna.
Her last album, Crayons, was released in 2008.
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