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donna summer died

UPDATE 3:17 p.m. EST

According to the celebrity website, PerezHilton, Donna Summer’s family 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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Donna Summer, aka the Queen of Disco, died at the age of 63, after a hard battle with lung cancer, TMZ reports.

Summer, who was in Florida at the time of her passing and was reportedly finishing up an album, has been suffering from cancer for a while now, but according to sources close to TMZ, she had been trying to keep it a secret.

Watch Summer perform “Last Dance” here:

Summer, who had a slew of hits from the disco-laden ’70s through the 2000s, is a five-time Grammy Award winner. Her top hits include “Love to Love You Baby,” “Dim All the Lights,” “Last Dance,” “No More Tears,”  “Unconditional Love,” “This Time I Know It’s Real,” and “When Love Cries,” among many, many others.

Watch Donna Summer perform “Love to Love You Baby”:

Summer’s contribution to dance, disco, R&B, and rock & roll is enormous. She leaves behind her husband, Brooklyn Dreams vocalist Bruce Sudano, her three daughters, and her four grandchildren.

R.I.P., Donna.

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