Donna Summer Dead: Disco Legend Dies After Losing Private Battle Against Cancer

Posted: Updated: 17/05/2012 19:05

Donna Summer, the iconic disco singer, has died at the age of 63, after a private battle with cancer.

Her family have confirmed the news in a statement to TMZ website, saying they "are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continue legacy".

According to TMZ.com, Summer was in Florida at the time of her death. They say:

Sources close to Summer tell us ... the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago ... who says she didn't seem too bad.

And sources close to singer have told TMZ, "Donna believed she contracted the illness by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York".

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Donna Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums at the number one position in the US and was a five time Grammy Award winner.


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  • David Foster And Friends In Concert

    LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: Singer Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • 2011 Winter TCA Tour - Day 5

    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: Singer Donna Summer performs onstage during the 'Great Performances: Hitman Returns - David Foster & Friends' panel at the PBS portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • Nobel Peace Prize Concert Rehearsals

    OSLO, NORWAY - DECEMBER 10: Donna Summer performs during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert Rehearsals at Oslo Spektrum on December 10, 2009 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Sandy Young/Getty Images for Nobel Peace Prize)

  • Disco diva Donna Summer poses for photographers during a signing at HMV music store in Oxford Street, central London to promote both her new book 'Ordinary Girl', and her latest album 'The Very Best Of Donna Summer'.

  • Donna Summer performs live concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA, USA on June 25, 2009.

  • Donna Summer performs live on stage during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, held at the Oslo Spectrum, in Oslo, Norway, on December 11, 2009.

  • Singer Donna Summer holds her award at the Billboard Number 1 Music Awards in Santa Monica, Ca., Dec. 11, 1977. Summer was given the top disco artist of the year award. (AP Photo)

  • Singer Donna Summer swings the skirt of her leopard print dress as she performs during her concert at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, Ca., Wednesday night, Aug. 11, 1979. (AP Photo)

  • American singer Donna Summer arrives at Heathrow Airport for her sold out concert tour of Britain.

  • Singer Donna Summer poses with three awards she won at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., Jan. 12, 1979. Summer won for favorite female vocalist; favorite single record, "Last Dance"; and favorite album "Live and More" in a newly-created disco category. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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