FLORIDA (NEWS1130) – Disco legend Donna Summer has died.
The “Queen of Disco” passed away this morning after a battle with cancer. She was reportedly in Florida at the time of her death.
Summer was 63 years old.
Summer was a five-time Grammy winner. She had a number of iconic hits through the ’70s and ’80s, including “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff, and “She Works Hard for the Money.”
“This is huge to the music world,” explains Terry Chan with News1130‘s sister station JACK-FM. “This is huge, not just for the genre of disco, but Donna Summer was truly a pioneer in all forms of pop music. Remember, disco, at the time, was the pop music. That was Top 40.”
“In fact, I think back in the day when double albums came out, Donna Summer actually [was the only artist who] had three consecutive double albums top the Billboard charts,” he adds.
“[She was] very influential on all forms of music today. Any of the top acts today in Top 40 almost undoubtedly will cite Donna Summer as a huge inspiration,” explains Chan. “Donna Summer was the queen of music, period; not just disco.”
The singer was apparently trying to keep details of her illness quiet and was trying to finish a new album.
Summer was married to Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano since 1980. They had two daughters together.