Donna Summer Dead at 63 After Battling Cancer
UPDATED: The disco icon died Thursday morning, her family confirms.
Donna Summer has died following a battle with cancer. She was 63.
"Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith," her family said Thursday, in a statement to THR. 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."
Her representative, Brian Edwards, confirmed that she died of cancer, in Naples, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, Edwards requested donations in Summer's honor to the Salvation Army.
Summer, who has two daughters with singer Bruce Sudano, dominated the disco charts in the '70s, churning out hits such as "Last Dance," "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff." Her 1980s songs include "She Works Hard for the Money" and "This Time I Know It's for Real."
A five-time Grammy winner, Summer had three consecutive No. 1 albums on Bilboard; she kicked off her career in Hair on Broadway, and later crossed over as a chart-topping solo artist under the guidance of producer Giorgio Moroder.
Her last album was 2008's Crayons.