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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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61.

OU812    

RIP disco lady, gettin old sucs.

787 days ago
62.

hotbitch    

Wow, this is really sad news. Just this weekend my dad and I quoted some words from "Can't We Just Sit Down (And Talk it Over)". It's a lesser known but awesome song. I didn't even know she was sick. R.I.P. Ms. Summers. :( Thanks for the music and the memories.

787 days ago
63.

karen lyons kalmenson    

we lost a great voice, and the angels get another♥

787 days ago
64.

Fran    

Always a fan. So sorry for her loss. :(

787 days ago
65.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

One of the best singers EVER. If they did a bio pic of her life Kelly Roland should play her.

RIP Disco Queen.

787 days ago
66.

Mary Taylor    

Donna your music was Boss!! (R.I.P.)

787 days ago
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Tebo Díaz    

****in horrible. RIP Donna Summer.
Long live the "onda disco".

787 days ago
68.

Bu    

RIP Donna Summer

787 days ago
69.

Ih8Taxes    

Dammit !!! I really liked her and her music. She was always a class act. Too bad NONE of today's female performers have a voice like her, talent or grace.

787 days ago
70.

2idiots    

RIP Donna! Thanks for the many years of great music!!!

787 days ago
71.

DaveT    

Too young to die, cancer is a nasty disease, sorry to see her go too soon, RIP

787 days ago
72.

palermo    

Yesterday it was Chuck Brown, today Donna Summer. Damn cancer. RIP Donna.

787 days ago
73.

Bitchmaster    

I hope she gets more credit and accolades than that drug addicted one. DS was truly an awesome singer!

787 days ago
74.

smileandshine    

One of my favs by her she could sing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE5QfmGM0D0

787 days ago
75.

Jae    

She will always be remembered! I LOVED her voice and she was one of the artists from back in the day whose voice still sounded good. RIP Ms Summer!

787 days ago
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