Fans of the star, known as the Queen of Disco were paying tribute on Thursday as the news emerged that the 63-year-old singer died that morning in Florida.
The Seventies icon was battling lung cancer, TMZ is reporting, with sources telling the website Donna believed she contracted the illness by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.
Some of the best-known hits of Donna Summer are “Love To Love You Baby”(1975), “I Feel Love” (1977), “Last Dance”(1978) and “Bad Girls”(1979).
Her family released a statement, saying Summer died on Thursday morning and that they ‘are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy’.
Her death from cancer saw tributes pour in on Twitter to the #donnasummer and #lastdance of a disco diva.
Dona Summer’s death was marked by numerous celebrities who gave tribute to her on social media, among them were TV host Mario Lopez:
R.I.P Donna Summer…I remember roller skating to hits like “Last Dance” “Hot Stuff” & “Bad Girls.” Synonymous with the 70′s.. #QueenOfDisco
— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) May 17, 2012
Korean actress, singer, VJ Ida Simmons shared how Summers inspired her and many others like her into vocals:
Another star has fallen… R.I.P Donna Summer……..you inspired me and many other vocalists to do what we do…
— Ida Simmons aka Isak (@realISAK) May 18, 2012
Musician and artists too paid tribute to her musical legacy, with Australian popstar Kylie Minogue calling Summer one of her earliest “musical inspirations”:
One of my earliest musical inspirations, RIP Donna Summer #BadGirlsForEver
— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) May 17, 2012
Donna believed she contracted the illness by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. Well, this made headlines in some:
— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) May 17, 2012
Among the videos circulating on social media was this footage from a 1978 concert, with Summer singing ‘Last dance’:
As Twitter users paid their respects and trivutes to the Queen of Disco, another of her name and one of her signature songs became the hashtag mourning her departure:
Summer made her musical mark after collaborations with producer Giorgio Moroder resulted in a new sound for dance music. Her erotic vocal style defined a new approach, as showcased in her 1975 hit ‘Love to love you baby’:
Way back in April 1979, Summers landed on the covers of Newsweek:
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) May 17, 2012
Hip Hop Singer Fergie also tweeted remembering the legend:
— Fergie (@Fergie) May 17, 2012
She’s going up to that disco ball in the sky. RIP Donna Summer #lastdance
— CM Harrington (@octothorpe) May 17, 2012
Summer released her last album, Crayons, in 2008. It was her first full studio album in 17 years. She also performed on American Idol that year with its top female contestants.