Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, Dead at 63

Disco is dead.

Sure, this boogie music is experiencing a popular resurgence. But the woman whose voice characterized a movement and influenced artists like Duran Duran and David Bowie has sadly passed away.

Donna Summer, queen of disco, was 63. She died this morning, here in Florida, after a battle with cancer.

The five-time Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines and loved to imitate Motown girl groups growing up. She rose to fame in the 1970s with her single "Love To Love You Baby."

Many of her disco anthems remain unescapably catchy to this day. Songs like "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff," "Bad Girls," and "She Works Hard for the Money" are mainstays of a genre more relevant than ever in light of modern dance music mania.

Summer had battled with cancer for years. But according to TMZ, she was feeling optimistic at the time of her death, even attempting to finish work on an album.

Summer is survived by her husband Bruce Sudano and their two daughters.

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