Monday, July 2, 2012

Five-time Grammy winner Donna Summer, queen of disco, dies of cancer Updated: 18 May 2012

Donna Summer
Disco legend ... Donna Summer
Updated: 18 May 2012. QUEEN of Disco Donna Summer died today, reportedly after battling cancer she believed was caused by dust from the 9/11 terror attacks.
The five-time Grammy Award-winner was 63.

She shot to fame during the disco music era in the 1970s and was best known for her hits Love To Love You, I Feel Love and Hot Stuff - famously later used in The Full Monty movie's dole office scene.

She died in Florida and is survived by her husband, singer and producer Bruce Sudano, their daughters Brooklyn and Amanda plus Summer's daughter Mimi, from a previous marriage.

The legendary singer reportedly feared her cancer had been triggered by inhaling toxic dust after the collapse of the Twin Towers in the 2001 terror attacks.

She was in her nearby New York apartment when thousands of tonnes of ash containing poisonous particles - including deadly asbestos, lead and mercury - swamped lower Manhattan. Hundreds of New Yorkers have since complained of respiratory illnesses and the condition has been recognised by the US Government.

Summer's family today paid tribute in a 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.”

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