Private memorial for Donna Summer

2012-05-21 15:00
Los Angeles - Donna Summer's family will hold a memorial service this week.

The I Feel Love hitmaker - who passed away in Florida on Thursday aged 63 - will be remembered in a private ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday 23 May, gossip website TMZ reports.

Donna's family chose Nashville - where Donna moved in 1994 - because it was a place "close to her heart".

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Meanwhile, friends of the iconic disco singer - who is survived by husband Bruce Sudano, three daughters and four grandchildren - say she was "healthy" just months before her death, which is believed to have been from lung cancer, and was taking care of herself.

A source told People: "She had lung cancer. She got it about a year ago. She was not a smoker [anymore].

"It's not like she was in bad shape. She was healthy, she was taking care of herself."

US President Barack Obama has released a statement paying tribute to the singer.

He said: "Donna truly was the 'Queen of Disco.' Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon."