Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, the woman responsible for hits like “Last Dance,” “Bad Girls” and “She Works Hard for the Money,” has passed away this morning after battling cancer for some time. She was 63-years-old and is survived by her husband singer Bruce Sudano, her three daughters, and four grandchildren.
TMZ was the first to report her death and her family just released this official statement on her passing.
“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.”
Summer has won five Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and has three multi-platinum albums. She rose to fame in the ‘70s with her disco hits.
Her collaborations with producer Giorgio Moroder in the 70's paved a way for dance music acts like David Bowie to enter the scene as well as making a lasting impact on electronic music in the following decades.
The Celebs have already begun tweeting their condolences.
Mary J. Blige wrote, RIP Donna Summers!!!!!!!!!