Donna Summer Dead At 63 Queen of Disco Inhaled Toxic Particles After 9/11 Terrorist Attacks , Lung Cancer

Blogged By: La Tray

Source &  Story Credit: Daily Mail – Daily Mail Reporter – TMZ

Media Credit: Photo (greennobles) (Daily Mail via Peter Brooker / Rex Features) Photo Source: (Daily Mail via Stock) ( / Video (ClevverNews) (Artisan News Service)

Photo Credit: Claims copyright (copyright by Dagmar. Updated Saturday February 21, 2015

Posted: Thursday May 17, 2012 @12:45 p.m. PST

Updated: Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 3:28 p.m. PST


Hot Stuff singer Donna Summer died this morning aged 63 after a battle with cancer, her family has confirmed.

The star, known as the Queen of Disco, passed away in Florida.

The Seventies icon was battling lung cancer, TMZ is reporting, with sources telling the website Donna believed she contracted the illness by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.

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

It went on: ‘Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.’ She had been living in Englewood, Florida, with her husband Bruce Sudano.

Sources told TMZ she had attempted to keep the extent of her illness from fans and was recently trying to finish up her latest album.

Summers, real name LaDonna Gaines, is best know for her string of 70s hits, including I Feel Love, Last Dance and Bad Girls.

She was a five-time Grammy Award winner and the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart.

She was also the first female artist with four No. 1 singles in a 13-month period, according to the Rock Hall of Fame, where she was a nominee this year.

Summer came to prominence just as disco was burgeoning, and came to define the era with a string of No. 1 hits and her beauty queen looks.

Disco became as much defined by her sultry, sexual vocals – her bedroom moans and sighs – as the relentless, pulsing rhythms of the music itself.

Summers married actor Helmuth Sommer in 1973 before giving birth to the couple’s daughter Mimi later that year.

Although the marriage crumbled in 1975, she kept an altered version of her ex’s surname to use as her stage name. She married Brooklyn Dreams musician Bruce Sudano in 1980 and the couple went on to have two daughters, Brooklyn, born in 1981 and Amanda the following year.

In 1994, the family moved from Los Angeles to Nashville where Donna took time out from showbusiness to focus on painting but had recently returned to the recording studio.

As well has staggering career highs, Summer also endured personal lows.

She suffered serious depression in the wake of September 11 terrorist attacks in New York.

‘I was really freaked out by the horrific experiences of that day,’ Summer, who was at her Manhattan apartment during the 2001 attacks, once said.

‘I couldn’t go out, I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I had to keep the blinds down and stay in my bedroom.’

Friends eventually intervened and the born-again Christian also found strength in her faith.

‘I went to church, and light came back into my soul,’ she said in 2008. ‘That heaviness was gone.’

Love to Love You Baby, with its erotic moans, was her first hit and one of the most scandalous songs of the polyester-and-platform-heel era.

Unlike some other stars of disco who faded as the music became less popular, Summer was able to grow beyond it and later segued to a pop-rock sound.

She had one of her biggest hits in the 1980s with She Works Hard For The Money, which became another anthem, this time for women’s rights.

Soon after, Summer became a born-again Christian and faced controversy when she was accused of making anti-gay comments in relation to the AIDS epidemic. Summer denied making the comments, but was the target of a boycott.

Still, even as disco went out of fashion she remained a fixture in dance clubs, endlessly sampled and remixed into contemporary dance hits.

Summer, real name LaDonna Adrian Gaines, was born in 1948 in Boston. She was raised on gospel music and became the soloist in her church choir by age 10.

Love to Love You Baby was her U.S. chart debut and the first of 19 No. 1 dance hits between 1975 and 2008 – second only to Madonna.

During the disco era she burned up the charts: She was the only artist to have three consecutive double-LPs hit No. 1, Live and More, `Bad Girls and On the Radio.

She was never comfortable with the ‘Disco Queen’ label. Musically, she began to change in 1979 with Hot Stuff, which had a tough, rock `n’ roll beat.

Her diverse sound helped her earn Grammy Awards in the dance, rock, R&B and inspirational categories.

Dionne Warwick said in a statement that she was sad to lose a great performer and ‘dear friend’.

‘My heart goes out to her husband and her children,’ Warwick said. ‘Prayers will be said to keep them strong.’

Summer released her last album, Crayons, in 2008. It was her first full studio album in 17 years. She also performed on American Idol that year with its top female contestants.


Dionne Warwick: ‘My heart goes out to her husband and her children. Prayers will be said to keep them strong.’

Beyonce Knowles: ‘RIP Donna Summer. Pls RT to show your condolences.’

Billy Ray Cyrus: “R I P #Donna Summer LEGEND!!! Your music will live forever.’

Gloria Estefan: ‘Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer! It’s the end of an era… Peace & prayers 2 all who loved her. I will miss her!’

La Toya Jackson: ‘My condolence to #Donna Summer’s family & love ones. She will be terribly missed. She was truly the #Disco Queen!’

Timbaland (music producer): ‘This cant be tru. i cant believe this RIP Donna Summer. at a lost 4words.’

Scroll to see video of iconic songs and one of Donna’s last performances…

Donna Summer The Queen of Disco, (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012. May She Rest In Peace.


Summer with her husband Bruce Sudano and their daughter Brooklyn in 2003. The couple also had another daughter together, Amanda. She had a daughter, Mimi, from a previous marriage. Story Credit: Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Daily Mail via Peter Brooker / Rex Features
Donna Summer’s Daughters: Brooklyn with sister Amanda Sudanao in 2010. Story Credit: Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Daily Mail via Peter Brooker / Rex Features
Donna in the early 70s with her then-husband Helmut Sommer, from whom she took a version of her later name Summer, and their daughter Mimi. Story Crdit: Daily Mail / Photo Source: Daily Mail via Stock / Photo Credit: Claims Copyright (copyright by Dagmar http:\\


Donna Summer Bad Girls Album Cover.

14 thoughts on “Donna Summer Dead At 63 Queen of Disco Inhaled Toxic Particles After 9/11 Terrorist Attacks , Lung Cancer

  1. I just could not just say how she represented in my whole life. She was and will ever be a reference of peace, power, simpleness, and magnificent voice, someone who not just girls wanted to be, but also those ones who wanted become the simple things in the world to magic. I wll love you forever DonnaSummer, not only queen of Disco by queen of souls.

  2. Yes, Donna Summer (no “s” at the end!!) was definitely one of a kind.
    A fabulous singer, with a wonderful voice and also a great sense of humour.
    We became friends, when she had her first singing and acting job in the musical HAIR/HAARE in Munich… in 1968 – and we stayed in touch.
    The photo of Donna with then-husband Helmut Sommer and new baby Mimi
    is labelled wrong: it is NOT a stock photo!
    It is MY photo and should be marked: copyright by Dagmar.
    (I’ll have a word with the Daily Mail, believe me!!)
    I’m happy she was finally inducted into the RnR Hall of Fame –
    but sad it happened too late. She would have been so thrilled…
    RIP Donna, may your spirit continue to soar and your songs continue
    to give pleasure, joy – and goosebumps! – to your fans around the globe!
    Miss you….

    1. Hi Dagmar, what an honor it was for you to have known such a beautiful talent. She will forever be missed.

      Since the photo with (Donna with then-husband Helmut Sommer and new baby Mimi) is your photo then you have a right to claim copyright with Daily Mail via Stock and be given full credit. You took a lovely photo of them. I will put your name under the photo and media credit.

      Thank you for sharing your story with other fans who loved her.:)
      La Tray

      1. You are most welcome, La Tray was the one who did the story and made the correction, I hope they give you the full credit you deserve. The photo is so beautiful..

        With Love and Hugs
        De De Tillman
        Actress/ International Celebrity Blogger

  3. Beautiful piece. I was inspired to search google for more information on Donna Summers since HBO is showing her induction into the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It was nice to see her husband and three beautiful girls as well. They’re all just stunning young women & you can tell, her husband really loved her.

  4. Best in peace donna summer, you are one of the
    Best beautiful lady, you will always be the disco
    Queen,my heart goes out to your beatiful family,
    I remember when I was little I used to dress up
    In my mothers clothes when nobody was home
    And I had this huge mirror that stood like 5
    Feet tall, and I used to put it in my room and
    Pretend I was donna summer, I used to dance
    For hours and lip sing her songs lol lol and
    Another time I used to have 4 of my cousins
    And my little brother and sister be my back
    Up dancers, and if they didnt move or dance
    Right of the donna summer songs, I wasn’t
    Gonna give them money,candy,chips,cookies
    Or whatever they wanted, lol, 1,2,3, kick turn
    Lol I mean we did all donnas.songs she was one
    Of my favorite singer even today, of I played
    Donna of course,my 4 cousins was my back up
    Dancers, and my little brother was the drummer
    And my little sister played the guitar, we used to perform in front of that big
    Ass mirror all the time, so I could see
    The whole effect and see if my dancers make
    A mistake, I wore my mothers pumps,pearls
    And earrings and I would put a black or red
    T-shirt on my head, so I could imagine having
    Long hair oh and the dancers to with a fan
    In front of me,, lmao memories we are all
    Grown up now, but would still talk about it
    we laugh about it now but it was so much
    Fun when we where children, I took it a little
    Hard when my mother told me about donna
    I cried, so mother said to me, look baby the body
    Dies but the soul lives on forever and as long
    As you got donna in your heart or other lost loves
    That theyre not not going anywhere, guess she’s
    Right, so donna and her music will always be in
    My heart, r.i.p donna summer:-)

    1. Hi Indiablack, OMG! How sweet, loving and touching, I had the honor of meeting Donna at a party in Hollywood, CA back in early 80’s. She spoke to me first and gave me a hug. A friend of mine had opened an entertainment business and Donna was one of the Celebrities to attend. Her hair was so long and curly. I will never forget that moment.

      Donna was sweet, sweet and sweet

      With Love
      De De Tillmam
      Celebrity Blogger

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