It is with a very heavy heart that I pass along the sad news that Disco Queen Donna Summer has passed away. As I understand it, Summer endured a very private battle with lung cancer and tragically she lost that battle today … she was only 63 years old. Details are very light right now about Donna’s death but one thing’s for sure, the world lost a true icon … and one of the most important voices of a generation.
Donna Summer — the Queen of Disco — died this morning after a battle with cancer … TMZ has learned. We’re told Summer was in Florida at the time of her death. She was 63-years-old. 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 and her producer Giorgio Moroder defined the dance music era of the ’70s and influenced acts like Duran Duran and David Bowie to enter the genre. Summer married Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano back in 1980. They had two daughters together.
It is impossible to express how important Donna Summer is to music and popular culture as a whole. In the 80s, the word “disco” became a dirty word but in its hey day, disco ruled the world. The amazingly fun dance/pop music that we enjoy today is just a new form of disco. And when disco reigned, Donna Summer ruled all. This news of her death is extremely sad and tragic. I honestly had no idea that Donna Summer was even sick but, as I mentioned above, she kept the details of her illness as quiet as possible. News of her passing is a real shock to me … she will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences go out to Donna Summer’s family. May she rest well.
UPDATE: Donna Summer’s family has released the following statement:
“Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith. 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” – The Sudano Family