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Donna Summer

9/11 Gave Me Cancer

5/18/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donna Summer was convinced -- inhaling toxic air after 9/11 gave her the lung cancer that eventually killed her ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the singer tell TMZ what we were hearing this morning -- that Donna was in New York City during 9/11, living at an apartment near Ground Zero.

Donna became almost paranoid about breathing the air, which was heavy with a rancid odor. 

In the months and years following 9/11, Donna's feelings intensified.  One source tells us when he was around Donna, she would constantly spray some sort of disinfectant in the air.  Deney Terrio, the host of "Dance Fever," tells us ... when he was around Donna post 9/11, she would hang silk sheets in her dressing room to prevent dust from coming in.

And one source says ... Donna, who was a fervent practicing Christian, believed 9/11 was an attack on Christianity and in some metaphysical way Christians like her were targets.  She somehow felt that her illness was a byproduct of the attack.

And, we're told, after Donna was diagnosed with lung cancer, several people told her that cigarette smoke may have been the culprit -- she was a smoker, and she also frequented clubs where people smoked.  But Donna simply didn't buy it.


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I live in Manhattan for 20 yrs, still do, live in mid-town, myself and all other 4 million that live in NYC were breathing the same 9/11 air, myself nor all my friends, none of us have gotten cancer or sick ever during 9/11 or since, if she was a smoker and also breathed it in in all the smokey clubs and bars she sang in, duh, that's obviously hpw she got cancer. Living in Manhattan then did not give it to her, she just got paranoid. Buy her songs were great, thanks for the music Donna!

897 days ago


You're grasping if you try to pinpoint what causes lung cancer. I had a sister-in-law that passed from lung cancer, who never smoked, and did not live in N.Y. I also have an Uncle who is 86 and has been a life long smoker. Now, obviously you are not doing yourself a favor if you smoke, but you never know!

897 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

What difference does it make?

897 days ago


I love you Donna Summer but to say your lung cancer came from 9/11 is crazy. I would believe that if you lived you life in a bubble all your life until that date. There are so many other factors to your lung cancer than 9/11. It might of not helped but don't think it was the cause.

897 days ago


She made similar statements about Aids being a "gift" from God to the gay community.

She would have made a good running mate with Sarah Palin.


897 days ago


naw, smoking cigs didnt give me lung cancer being a christian did - this lady was some kinda cookoo - i found a video that sums it up

897 days ago


The toxic air after 911 has given many responders AND citizens living close to ground zero, health problems.

897 days ago


Coo Coo!!!

897 days ago


9/11 may or may not have played a role, but it's sad if she refused to believe her smoking and frequenting public places where there were lots of smokers played a role in the lung cancer. It sounds like she couldn't accept any responsibility for the cancer. Having said that, I was a huge fan of hers and will just remember her musical talent.

897 days ago

Clyde T.M. Nestra    

How sad she didn't accept that the much more likely culprit was her cigarette smoking and the second-hand smoke she would have inhaled at the various venues. The connection is well-do***ented. Regardless, she's another big talent who died too soon.

897 days ago


Sounds like Donna was wanting some settlement money. Poor thing. RIP

897 days ago


How can a person be so paranoid about the health effects of dust and continue to smoke? I guess it was easier to hang sheets and spray disinfectant than to actually put in the effort to quit the cigs.

897 days ago


Cancer is..... is.... is.... evil!!!!....

897 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

Firstly, my condolences and prayers, for Donna's family, friends, loved-ones, and fans worldwide.

Secondly, I concur: The inarguable Judeo-Christian heritage of our once-Godly blessed nation has been under attack for at-least fifty-years in "America". From prayer in public-places
to Abortion to Same-Sex "Marriage", all sinister
betrayals of our national motto: In God We Trust.
Be not further deceived: "God Bless America"?
First, America BLESS GOD!

Daniel Twelve;1 is HERE,
Zechariah Twelve;8 is NOW,
St. Mark Twleve;36 is NOW,
Psalm2;012 is NOW:
The Most Blessed Christ King YESHUA reigns,
ALL, for The Greater Glory of The True and Living YAHWEH!

897 days ago


She was a smoker. the 9/11 nonsense isn't even relevant.

897 days ago
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