Donna Summer dead at 63

2012-05-17 18:20
New York - Disco queen Donna Summer, whose pulsing anthems such as Last Dance, Love to Love You Baby and Bad Girls became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex, drugs, dance and flashy clothes, has died. She was 63.

TMZ reported she died of cancer and that was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps, who was reportedly in Florida at the time of her death.

Her family released a statement on Thursday saying Summer died and that they "are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy".

Summer gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s and released a number of albums that have reached gold or platinum status, including the multiplatinum Bad Girls and On the Radio, Volume I & II.

Her No 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits include Hot Stuff and MacArthur Park.

Her sound was a mix of genres and helped her earn Grammy Awards in the dance, rock, R&B and inspirational categories.

She released her last album, Crayons, in 2008. She also performed on American Idol that year with its top female contestants.

Summer was reportedly trying to finish up an album she had been working on.


  • sasekile - 2012-05-17 18:29

    RIP mama, u will always be remembered

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-18 11:15

      She worked hard for the money... R.I.P. You Legend

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-17 18:31

    Very sad...RIP

  • sipho.nene1 - 2012-05-17 18:33

    May her soul Rest In Peace.\MUSIC NEVER DIE\

  • Lala - 2012-05-17 19:09

    R.I.P my sister

  • Hadebe - 2012-05-17 19:13

    Tjo! i must leave for new york tommorrow to attend my sister s funeral, i will miss news24 though, bring u some fresh news. bye.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-17 19:13

    Some chop moving down the line clicking on the thumbs down.

      berthram - 2012-05-18 01:06

      Just some antisocial no-name sitting home all day thinking: \hmm, I wonder what I can do today? Oh, I know! Let's do something extreme and thumbs down random comments! Yessss!\ Lol

  • Langa - 2012-05-17 19:13

    Shame. Condolences to her family

  • denise.wilshire - 2012-05-17 19:17

    What a talent. She filled my days (and nights) with her music. R.I.P. gorgeous girl! You gave us your best!

  • Robert E Meise Esq - 2012-05-17 19:23

    What a great loss R.I.P Donna your legacy lives on with such great music and song condolences to the family. WHAT A LEGEND

  • Maemarous - 2012-05-17 19:25

    RIP Donna! True legends never die, your music will live till the end of time!

      Wally Walters - 2012-05-17 19:55

      very sad she was the 70s queen of music , one of her best songs ; I feel love: what a hit . RIP my girl .

  • Zighom - 2012-05-17 19:42

    Great singer, her music touched me so much ine late eightees as a teenager...

  • Archie - 2012-05-17 19:44

    May her soul rest in peace.I will always cherish your lovely voice.I hope ur now singing with God's Angels in Heaven.

  • steven.dlomo - 2012-05-17 19:58


  • Andre - 2012-05-17 20:22

    I wonder where the poor thing will be spending eternity with her glittery legacy of sex, drugs and rock and roll?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-17 20:34

      In heaven with Elvis, Michael J, Amy Winehouse, Whitney and the gang. I'm sure they're all up there - they deserve to be - they gave so much to so many.

  • STEPHANIE.TEALE - 2012-05-17 20:39

    so sad...what wonderful memories i will always have of her !!!

  • ChickChacks - 2012-05-17 21:54

    Truly a brilliant artist R I P !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lindani - 2012-05-17 22:38

    "looking for some hot stuff baby this evening...lookin for some hot stuff baby tonight" we will miss you, the best we can do is cherish your memory by belting out your funky-songs everytime we take a shower! we (gay people) will always love you, and goodbye!

      berthram - 2012-05-18 01:11

      Amen! Our original queen has moved on to conquer heaven.

  • luzuko.qongo - 2012-05-18 07:47

    Bet she will be giving them \Unconditionall Love\ up there. Donna you r up there with the queens of disco. Even up there let the music play, till the early hourd of Judgement Day. RIP

  • Flynn - 2012-05-18 08:04

    RIP Donna

  • miriam.passalaris - 2012-05-18 09:12

    RIP....listening to your songs bring back memories of when I was in my early twenties....wonderful time ....wonderful will be missed..

  • dominique.deligiannidis - 2012-05-18 09:27

    RIP Queen of Disco.

  • Antin - 2012-05-18 10:32

    'Bit sad about this. Too soon. She was born to sing. And she was not at all the sultry temptress the promotion machine portrayed her as. Fine lady with a great voice. @ Andre Drugs? Not a lot. not for long, way back. (Why mention it now?)

  • pam.benink - 2012-05-18 16:19

    RIP Donna Summer!

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