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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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9-11 did not give this kook lung cancer.

857 days ago


She was not a smoker. And Deney Terio is a source? Seriously?

857 days ago


Religion makes you nutty... not years of smoking and the smokey 70 & 80's club scene.. not even 'just' 9/11 fallout but some 'metaphysical' attack on Christians like her? WTF I guess it's easier than spending your life being a 'fervent' Christian and then accepting that your God decided despite all that you get suffer terribly with something as awful as lung cancer.

857 days ago


She was NOT a smoker....and your attributing comments from "sources" that did not come from her within a few hours of her death to get some website views is disgraceful!

857 days ago


When smokers get cancer, they lay blame elsewhere. The chemicals in tobacco, workplace pollution, urban air. Typical shift of responsibility. Donna was fantastic, but cigs were the problem.

857 days ago


WOW...Xtians...are...stupid. What else would one expect from people who worship a rapist god and fantasize consuming the blood and body of his zombie son.

857 days ago


R.I.P Donna Summer “Queen of Disco” 1948 – 2012 Tribute “If it’s unique, we have it” Jaxsprat’s Unique Collectibles

857 days ago


It was most likely the cigarettes since there were tons of people near ground zero and they don't have cancer.. REGARDLESS... it seems that TMZ can't just celebrate the life of anyone. Why do you always have to dig up dirt and drag their names through the mud. Printing a story like this? You're just trying to make her look crazy and even if she was, she was a great singer FIRST and it's not like she was a raging drug addict or anything when she died.

857 days ago


Perhaps if she put out her cigarettes while she was hanging those curtains she might still be here.

857 days ago


heaven knows no more tears enough is enough rumour has it but this is not a rumor last dance that we love you to as you go into the winter melody for your spring affair not as a bad girl for you did work hard for the money.god bless you ladonna gaines aka disco queen

857 days ago


Donna may be correct about it. The 9/11 WTC dust is toxic. It is criminal that the city of NY said that the air is fine to breath.

857 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

@EatMe: The Hate you spew, is as obvious as
your sheer ignorance of Christianity. That, and your "Life Style" choice.

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!

857 days ago

Hazel Hayes    

What a dumb---s!

857 days ago


Chances are good the crap she inhaled during 911 worked together with the cigarettes to give her lung cancer.

857 days ago

Glory Bee    

"in some metaphysical way" 9-11 was an attack on Christianity? Duh!!! It specifically was. Man, your bias, propaganda and agenda get more extreme every day.

857 days ago
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