Donna Summer, a five-time Grammy winning disco singer, has died after a battle with cancer. Summer, 63, passed away early this morning in Florida, her family confirms in a statement to the Associated Press.
“Early this morning, 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,” the family said.
Summer began her career in the late 60s performing in musicals overseas. After singing backup for Three Dog Night, Summer released her first album, Lady of the Night, in Europe. She first hit American charts in 1975 with “Love to Love You Baby.” Summer went on to produce numerous other hits, including “I Feel Love,” “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls” and “Dim All the Lights.” She released her last album, Crayons, in 2008.
Summer is survived by husband Bruce Sudano and three daughters.