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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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46.

MICHAELNLA    

God Bless Donna Summer

Last Dance...

805 days ago
47.

Arcadia Rink    

"Last Dance, Last chance, for love! " The sweetest lyrics EVER in a song I loved so very much. Donna Summer's music was the soundtrack to my life but her music lives on. The VIP Section in Heaven awaits you Donna ... RIP.

805 days ago
48.

lemac747    

Donna will never die, her music will keep her alive forever.

805 days ago
49.

J.D.    

Very sad! Gone to that big disco in the sky -- R.I.P., Donna.

805 days ago
50.

neicey    

R.I.P

805 days ago
51.

Dino     

She was one of the best voices from Pop Music !

805 days ago
52.

OU812    

Goodbye disco lady, gettin old sucs

805 days ago
53.

Matt Cadman    

We have only just played her on NonStopNeon.com - and got this terrible news.

RIP Donna, your music will live on forever. Thank you for the song "This time I know it's for real" this feel good song always makes us smile...

Love you Donna xx

805 days ago
54.

hi    

wow! i didn't know she was sick,she was a great singer,she 'll be miss RIP Donna and thank you for all your songs

805 days ago
55.

num yummy    

This is sad, sad news. Heartbreaking and unexpected. I am sorry to hear this. Blessings for your family. Donna Summer, you will be sorely missed. May your soul eternally be at rest.

805 days ago
56.

Grandma Cracker    

So sad.....fond memories of my childhood......RIP

805 days ago
57.

CJ    

RIP Donna :-(

805 days ago
58.

Dion Jennings    

RIP Donna, Queen of Disco... You ARE STILL GIVING ME hours of listening pleasure. Thank you for the music.

805 days ago
59.

john hartil    

So so sad

805 days ago
60.

charlei harper    

God Bless your family and may God Bless your soul, you defined an era of happiness and joy Donna, God speed...

805 days ago
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