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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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Donna smoked cigarettes??

890 days ago


There are MANY MANY MANY stories and reports that Donna Summer WAS NOT a smoker. I think TMZ is blowin' smoke up all our skirts with this "story".

890 days ago


Lots of people got cancer and other lung problems from breathing the toxic dust doesnt anybody know that?

890 days ago


The only accurate part of this story seems to be that she died at 63 from lung cancer. You should at least have enough integrity to clear up your lies. I am glad the family spoke up right away. She wasn't even dead 24 hours when you printed this - disgusting.

890 days ago


The dust on 9/11 was toxic and many people have died from it. The EPA lied by saying the air was safe to breathe. It was most likely the dust that did it.

890 days ago

wanda echoes    

I don't get it then, why did she not then just move? that could have been an option for her.

890 days ago


What about all the smoke-filled discos and venues she sang at and went to? The propellants in that disinfectant spray being inhaled probably did not help her either. Still sad that she's gone. Her music takes me back to a happy time.

889 days ago


FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO WORRY ABOUT SMOKE IT CAN BE BAD BUT IF YOU EXERCISE IT CAN HELP YOU OF COURSE YOU WANT TO GET YOUR SELF OUT FROM THE AREA YOU IN BUT EXERCISE CAN HELP YOU OXYGEN THE Body in return it clear the lungs . i get so tired of people thinking so negative about things where there something you feel working against you there can be something working for you try to live your life positive in always keep your confidence

889 days ago


The mystery would be solved to most folks satisfaction if we were told what type of lung cancer Donna Summers suffered from. The Twin Towers were full of asbestos. If she had mesothelioma, she may well have gotten the disease from 911. Donna Summer was not down with the mosque going near ground zero and neither is this book. Check it out at

889 days ago


The twin towers were full of asbestos. If her cancer was mesothelioma, yes, her cancer could have been from 911. She did not want a mosque near ground zero because she thought 911 was an attack on Christians. Check out

889 days ago

charity ball    

sorry melanie.... a lot of people are sick or already dead because of 9/11 and Bush's *** hag Christine Whitman former mis-leader of the EPA said the air @ ground zero was perfectly okay, then she got out quick
as possible...exactly was was in that air aside from aabestos and thermite which are both very lethal....

888 days ago


i don't understand why some people are so blind to the scientific facts - that people who smoke early in their lives are more likely to get lung cancer. I love Donna Summer's music but i think her beliefs got the better of her in the face of facts ! Religion can sometimes mask truths rather uncover them.

888 days ago


TMZ is full of crap. Donna Summer did NOT smoke.
Her own family came out and said it publicly and that is what I shall go by. And for the record there are a lot of folks that have gotten ill and died from breathing the air of the 9/11 aftermath!

888 days ago


When are smokers going to get it? Smoking causes Lung Cancer, yet they still keep smoking!

887 days ago


Inhaling cigarettes or inhaling toxic dust - both are hazardous - if she was a long time smoker then her lungs were already compromised. The toxic dust just added fuel to the fire. Donna, you were the greatest - RIP

886 days ago
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