Donna Summer: 1948 - 2012

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Donna Summer: 1948 - 2012

Disco singer Donna Summer has died from lung cancer at the age of 63, according to reports from

A statement released by the “Hot Stuff” singer’s family reads, ”[They] are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.”

Summer, nicknamed the Queen of Disco, had been working on recording an album at the time of her death, according to reports. She also alleged she contracted the lung cancer from inhaling toxic particles floating through the air after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Summer found success—including five Grammys—in the 1970s and ‘80s with her hits “She Works Hard For The Money,” “Bad Girls,” and “Last Dance,” among others.

Questlove  of The Roots tweeted of her death, “I know that the whole ‘disco sucks’ stuff left a bad taste in the mouths of some. But Summer’s work was really a credible legacy.”