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This will be brief, but I will add as details become available.  Donna summer has passed away at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer.  I was not even aware she was ill.

According to various sources, the five-time Grammy winner was working on a new album at the time of her death.  She is survived by her husband and three daughters.

The music of Donna Summer helped to define the sound of the 70’s disco scene, as her songs were DJ staples around the globe.  She was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number 1 on the US charts.  She was once a backup singer for Three Dog Night who then propelled to stardom with the help of super producer Giorgio Moroder with hits such as Bad Girls and Dim All the Lights.

RIP Donna.  You inspired a generation with fantastic music

9:31 AM PT: From TMZ:  Donna died from lung cancer.  Several sources are telling us Donna believed she contracted it by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 attack in New York City.

9:37 AM PT: The Rec List.  Donna would be honored to know she was loved by many in the DKos community.  Thank you on her behalf.

10:19 AM PT: The statement from the family:

"Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith," a family statement said. "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."

Originally posted to Brubs on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:52 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKOMA, An Ear for Music, Remembering LGBT History, and Protest Music.

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