Queen of Disco Died of Cancer in Florida
“Queen of Disco” Donna Summer has died of cancer in Florida, TMZ reports. She was 63.
Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner, famous for hits like “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls.” Four of her singles in the US shot to number one within a 13-month period.
Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston on December 31, 1948, Summer wrote in her memoirs of her struggles to deal with her success, including her depression, anxiety attacks, her addiction to prescription medication and several attempts at suicide.
Summer later professed herself a born-again Christian and later became immersed in controversy with her anti-gay remarks on the subject of AIDS. She later denied making the remarks yet later wrote them off as “misunderstandings.”
In 1994, Summer went to Nashville to focus on painting, a hobby she began in 1985. But the multi-platinum artist kept on writing music even while keeping her condition secret. TMZ reported that she was trying to finish up an album in the works.
Summer married Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano back in 1980. She is also survived by daughters Brooklyn and Amanda and daughter Mimi Sommer from her first marriage with Helmuth Sommer.