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Donna Summer, disco diva, dies of cancer

Donna Summer dead at the age of 63. Photo public domain.

Donna Summer, thought to be one of the pioneers of disco music in the late 70s/early 80s, lost her battle with breast cancer this morning. Summer was in stage IV of cancer after it had reportedly metastasized from the breast to the lungs. Fox News reports that the singer/songwriter is dead today at the age of 63. She reportedly died early this morning in her home in Key West, Florida.

Last year, Summer appeared on American Idol and looked to be healthy. She has kept low key about her battle with cancer and had recently paired up with Diesel brand to use her lusty lyrics of Love to love you baby in recent commercials.

Summer was born in Boston on December 31, 1948. She is best known for chart topping hits of the 70s and 80s including Last Dance, Hot Stuff, MacArthur Park, Bad Girls and She Works Hard for the Money.

Summer was the mother to three children, three daughters, Mimi 39, Brooklyn 31, and Amanda 30. She is also a grandmother of 4.

Summer openly battled prescription drug addiction in the 70s, depression and anxiety attacks but in 1979, she reportedly became a born-again-Christian. In 1994, Summer moved with her family from Los Angeles to Nashville to focus on her hobbies and painting.