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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
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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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31.

nycrocks    

I loved her! One of the best singers ever to make a record. It's very sad that we won't ever get to hear her sing in concert ever again. Go see your favorites before they're gone!

854 days ago
32.

TheTruthIs    

One of a kind. Great voice. The BEST at what she did. And, by all accounts, a very nice person. Her music will live on a long, long time.

854 days ago
33.

jasminesgrama    

so sad to hear she's gone. one of her songs plays and you can't help but get up and dance/ but she's going to suffer no more.

854 days ago
34.

FreeWill    

RIP Donna Summer great artist and person.

854 days ago
35.

Jim in sai Gon    

Very sad news indeed. RIP Donna.

854 days ago
36.

Phreaky    

Didn't even know she was sick. Wow, lots of memories of her music - RIP

854 days ago
37.

grumpiestoldman    

toot toot hey beep beep. RPI Donna.

854 days ago
38.

niles    

There goes another piece of my past. Sorry to lose Donna Summer, but her music will live on.

854 days ago
39.

Steven    

R.I.P.

What is going on with the cancer rate in this country? Everywhere I turn someone I know has cancer, It's an epidemic... and not a word from the 'media'

854 days ago
40.

boB    

RIP Donna, LOVE your music, your passion, and your voice.

854 days ago
41.

TheVolleyballGod    

A true legend who hated looking black, she went heavy with the wigs and caked on the light white makeup in her final years, we all loved her sadly she got knocked off the block when a young Whitney Huston took over. Donna and Whiteny were ultra top very sexy looking woman and their voices were gifts, unlike Jennifer Hudson who is a eating machine fatty cakes who karaoke sings

854 days ago
42.

MellaMel    

What can I say. She got me thru many hard times. Loved her and her music she was one of the good ones...

854 days ago
43.

ren    

She was the best....

854 days ago
44.

Htos1    

RIP,young lady!

854 days ago
45.

Jodi    

I was so shocked when I heard this. Didn't even know she was sick. So sad. My condolences to her family.

854 days ago
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