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Donna Summer

9/11 Gave Me Cancer

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

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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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Trevor    

What an idiotic woman. She deserved to die, she was too stupid to live.

700 days ago
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dierdre    

It is sad that Donna Summers is gone...She to me was the ultimate DISCO QUEEN of the Disco era...regardless of the cigarettes or from 911 she is gone, and we might never know...all i know is a legend is gone, and may she R.I.P. she will be greatly missed. much love to you pretty lady.

700 days ago
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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Why would Donna think smoking could have something to do with her cancer?

Who came up with that stupid idea?

700 days ago
64.

Kelly    

It is in Bad taste for anyone to talk poorly of the dead. If no one can be respectful or kind you should say nothing!!!!!!!! Donna Summer was a good and kind person and did not speak ill of anyone. She died a brave person being that no one really even knew she was sick.

700 days ago
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GEORGE A. HENRY JR.    

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A LOVER OF DISCO MUSIC WHILE GROWING UP AND DONNA SUMMER HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ON TOP OF HER GAME.BUT TO ALL DONNA MUSIC LOVERS,DO NOT FORGET THAT OTHER BAD SONG FOR HER THAT WAS A BIG HIT;"THIS TIME I KNOW LOVE'S FOR REAL".WE ALL MISS YOU LOVE!R.I.P. GEORGE

700 days ago
66.

the TRUTH    

this chick is as dumb as the stuipd bitch who claims she got pregnant by watching a porn fn MORONS and people really bought her crap >>>>>>

700 days ago
67.

Jorge Jojó    

R.I.P. great diva. We always love you and prays for your soul.

From Jorge, Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil.

700 days ago
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Larry L. Edwards    

Regardless, Oh Donna I will miss you and love you forever more. There is no more reason to dance.

700 days ago
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shiningpath    

a fact that is overlooked about the towers is that they were filled with asbestos, that is a highly carcinogenic substance. All that dust was contaminated and all the people involved in that horrid situation more or less were affected

700 days ago
70.

Kelly     

Maybe she got cancer from inhaling all that Fabreze.

700 days ago
71.

janik    

She was NOT a smoker. The article is incorrect.

700 days ago
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Lainy    

It is know that when you constanly harp on something you tend to bring it to life. The simple fact that Donna lived in fear of getting lung cancer she could have maifested it into the universe by constanly thinking about it. Sparying other toxins into the air and inhaling them didn't help not to mention she was a smoker. There are alot of issues at hand. It was just her time to go.

700 days ago
73.

Sunset    

That mic looks like a glittery d1ck.

700 days ago
74.

Sunset    

Oh, and if 9/11 did gave her cancer what the eff is anyone supposed to do about it? Especially now.

700 days ago
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Missy    

I have no doubt it was both. And women are particularly susceptible to lung cancer. Really sad loss. She and Gaynor were the only disco era people who actually could sing.

700 days ago
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