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Donna Summer

Dead at 63

5/17/2012 12:00 PM PDT UPDATED: 5/18/2012 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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8:48 AM 5/18/12 -- Donna's memorial is scheduled for next Wednesday in Nashville.

9:27 AM PST-
TMZ has learned ... Donna died from lung cancer.  Several sources are telling us Donna believed she contracted it by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 attack in New York City.

9:35 AM PST-
Donna's family just released a statement, claiming, they "are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy."

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Donna Summer -- the Queen of Disco -- died this morning after a battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Summer was in Florida at the time of her death. She was 63 years old.

Sources close to Summer tell us ... the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago ... who says she didn't seem too bad.

In fact, we're told she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on. 

Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to superstardom in the '70s with iconic hits like "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls."



She continued her dominance in the '80s with "She Works Hard for the Money" and "This Time I Know It's for Real."

Summer and her producer Giorgio Moroder defined the dance music era of the '70s and influenced acts like Duran Duran and David Bowie to enter the genre.

Summer married Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano back in 1980. They had two daughters together.

We had the pleasure of shooting Donna back in 2009 on her way out of Mr Chow ... and she couldn't have been nicer -- smiling, waving and signing for fans.

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16.

stu    

Another queen of music gone in a year!!!
It's ALWAYS in 3's. Put ur bets in....Aretha or Natalie Cole. I have $20 on Nat.

806 days ago
17.

Tim    

That's a shame. We all got down to Hot Stuff back in the day.

806 days ago
18.

LRK    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUkmBg6TzQ

806 days ago
19.

lovetohatecelebs    

R.I.P

She looks like a prettier/feminine version of Wendy Williams...

806 days ago
20.

Big D    

R.I.P. Man she was so hot back in the day, great music talented artist, she will be missed.

806 days ago
21.

smileandshine    

She will be missed the Queen of Disco. Rip with the angels! We all will miss you. Thanks for the music for us all to enjoy!

806 days ago
22.

Lionnnnnesssss    

RIP Ms Summer!

806 days ago
23.

Pimpcessa    

Hell NOOOOO! Not Donna Summer now..... And all of them so young too. RIP Donna, I still have your double collection cd at home. Gonna listen to it tonight... :(

806 days ago
24.

Lionnnnnesssss    

We keep losing the good and talented celebrities and keep getting filled with people that contribute nothing!

806 days ago
25.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

OMG! I'm so sorry to hear that. I didn't even know she was ill. R.I.P. Donna.

806 days ago
26.

Snooki'sHairBump    

Awww that's so sad. I didn't even know she was sick. RIP Donna :-(

806 days ago
27.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

I swear to the Lord above I was just saying the other day to a buddy who was talking about Whitney Houston and how she was this and that and I said "Oh yea, well Donna Summer was hittin it way before Houston was back in the 70's" and now this. I also then went online to show him some pics of her and we remarked how good she still looked. Too bad, she was a fine singer / musician in her own right

806 days ago
28.

St James III    

Wow Washington DC GOGO Legend CHUCK BROWN and DONNA SUMMER gone on the same day. RIP

806 days ago
29.

musa    

rip disco queen..
hot stuff is one of my fav songs ever.. she will be remembered

806 days ago
30.

Dale    

Sad to hear that, she was the Queen of Disco.
I'm sure Elton John is rehashing one of his old songs at this very moment as a tribute.

806 days ago
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