Donna Summer died Thursday morning after fighting cancer. The disco star was reportedly trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps while she completed a new album, though sources who saw her several weeks ago said she “didn’t seem too bad.”
Yesterday tributes poured in for the Queen of Disco credited with defining the dance music era of the 1970s.
Her family said in a statement: “Early this morning, surrounded by family, 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.”
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle released a statement saying,“Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Donna Summer. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Donna truly was the ’Queen of Disco.’
“Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Donna’s family and her dedicated fans.”
Here some of the many messages from her fans:
“Donna you bring back some lovely childhood memories – thanx for the music and laughter - may you rest in peace xxx”
“R.I. P DONNA You are Beautiful Woman with a Amazing Voice You will Be Missed But Forgotten”
“We love you Donna…thank you for sharing your life with us!! R.I.P.”
“Well, looks like this is the year we lose all the great soul divas. First Etta James, then Whitney Houston, now her…”
“Goodbye Donna. You fought the good fight. We never know when God is going to call us home. God bless those who were close to her!”
“RIP. QUEEN OF DISCO! You will be truly and deeply be missed along with Dick Clark.”