The Queen of Disco, singer Donna Summer died this morning at 63 years old, after a battle with cancer, reports TMZ.
“Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith,” the singer’s family said in a statement. “While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”
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 was the first female artist to chart with back-to-back multi-platinum double albums.
She appeared in the 1978 film, “Thank God It’s Friday,” which won the best original song Oscar for “Last Dance.” Summer also appeared on the 1990s hit TV show “Family Matters.”
Summer and her producer Giorgio Moroder defined the dance music era of the ’70s and influenced several artists to join the disco craze as well.
Summer married Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano back in 1980. Summer had three daughters and four grandchildren.