Donna Summer Passes Away At 63


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


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  • ClaireMichelle

    Wow. I’m in shock. RIP Donna. She will be sorely missed, that is for sure.

    • @ClaireMichelle — I cannot with this … I’m so sad :(

  • Sheena

    I cant believe it! So sad and she was so young! Only the good die young, it’s true. RIP Donna <3

  • David

    OMG! I can’t believe it and I’m shocked like everybody else. I love Donna Summer and didn’t even know she was battling cancer. So sad she had her last dance

  • Janaegal

    Goodness, what a shock! It’s amazing how I haven’t thought about her in a while(though just last night the boyfriend and I were singing Last Dance while being silly) but her passing leaves me genuinely sad! Thoughts are with her family!

  • Revan_Vampir

    Such a HUGE loss. There will never ever be anyone like her. She was still too young to go. We’ll miss you Donna… Shine on girl and save some of that light for us.

  • Jstar

    I am devastated by this loss…I wanted to be her when I was young and sometimes I even thought I was her. so very sad…

  • Dennis

    I can think of no other artist that made as big an impression on me musically than Donna Summer. Her Bad Girls album is still one of my al time favorite albums and I still play it. I even still have my original cassette tape copy of it I got for my birthday when it came out. Bad Girls is the only 8 Track tape I own. I had to get it just to have it. Donna I will miss you more than you could ever know. Rest in peace.

  • Debho

    I was a teenager in the seventies, so disco was definitely my thing. Donna Summer was my favourite artist and I still have all of her albums on vinyl tucked away in a box. I played the 18 minute Macarthur Park medley from Live and More so often my mother banned it. lol
    Rest in peace Donna.

  • Donny

    One of the greatest female vocalists of all time. RIP.

  • Lynne

    What a terrible loss to the music world. I forgot how much I loved Donna Summer. I remember falling in love with her in the 90’s, after seeing her on “Family Matters” when she played Steve Urkel’s aunt.

  • Ella

    Bad things sure do happen in threes. First MCA, yesterday it was Chuck Brown(Any go-go fan or DC native knows who he is), and now Donna Summer. It has been a tragic month for music lovers. RIP Donna. Heaven’s choir just got sweeter. <3

  • MM

    So so sad. Loved me some Donna Summer. No one had a voice like her in my book. She could hit those high notes like nobody’s business.

    I’m a huge disco fan so her songs were the ultimate classics to me. Last Dance, I Feel Love, MacArthur Park…too many to even name. Dim All the Lights was my go to karaoke song.

    This is a hard one. Definitely gone too soon.

    May she rest in peace.

    Disco forever.