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Obama Pays Tribute To 'Legend' Donna Summer
US President Barack Obama has paid to singer Donna Summer, who died of cancer on Thursday at the age of 63.
"Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Donna Summer," he said in a statement.
"A five-time Grammy Award winner, Donna truly was the 'Queen of Disco'. Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Donna's family and her dedicated fans."
A statement from her family announcing the sad news read: "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."
One report suggested the singer, who was living in an apartment in New York at the time, blamed the 9/11 terror attacks on the city's Twin Towers for her lung cancer.
According to a report on celebrity news website TMZ, although she was a smoker and had performed throughout her career in smoke-filled clubs, she was convinced the toxic fumes she inhaled after breathing the air caused the cancer.
The "Queen of Disco", who sang pulsing anthems such as Last Dance, Love to Love You Baby and Bad Girl, came to prominence just as disco was burgeoning in the 1970s.
Music journalist Paul Gambaccini told Sky News Summer will have a "lasting legacy".
"She never set out to be what she became. She came over to Europe to be a musical theatre actress and wound up being Queen of Disco because she met Pete Bellotte and Giorgio Moroder.
"She was for about five years just unstoppable."
In the mid-1980s, Summer encountered controversy when she was accused of making anti-gay comments related to Aids.
She claimed she had been misquoted but not before thousands of her records were returned and dance clubs boycotted her music.
Summer holds the record for most consecutive double albums to hit number one on the Billboard charts (three) and was the first female to have four number one singles in a 12-month period.
In 2008, Summer launched a comeback and released Crayons, her first album in 17 years.
She also performed on American Idol that year with its top female contestants.
Summer leaves behind a husband, three daughters and four grandchildren.
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Very sad. Far too young.
Another star thats gone out. rip
Sad news. Her music was a huge part of my teenage years. RIP dear lady.
So sad - R.I.P Donna
David Rhys Price
Great performer. Will really miss her
She had one of my favourite voices. RIP Donna.
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Wonderful lady, great songs, amazing voice, fantastic back catalogue, is there a bad record she's made? Her songs will live on, they always made me sing a long and want to get up and dance.
I'm surprised that this announcement made it so high up on Orange's priority list. Normally this kinda thing would be overshadowed by vital pieces of news such as 'Chery Cole buys new pair of shoes'...
Donna Summer was a beautiful woman and an exciting singer. So sad RIP
RIP sang one of the best songs ever 'i feel love' will be missed
So sad, she was a class act, I volunteer at a Cancer Research UK shop, and they are doing great work to combat cancer, but we are still loosing people to this horrible disease, she will be missed R.I.P. Donna Summer
This is sad news, I thought she was younger than 63, although that's no great age these days. I do have a few memories associated with Donna Summer. My first girlfriend and I had a record snog for the entire length of 'Love To Love You Baby'... That's no mean feat I can tell you, as that song is about 15 minutes long! R.I.P. Donna Summer, you will be missed!
"No more tears" , on the radio and bad girls, she will be missed, the queen of disco
I grew up listening to Donna Summer and even now I still play her music, a great loss to the world and music. My sincere condolences to Donna's family.
She was a great, great singer and a fantastic looker - I never dreamed she was 63 - WOW! As everyone says R.I.P.
What a shock to read this, didn't know she had been so ill. I loved her music. My deepest sympathy goes to her family. Another icon gone. R.I.P Donna.
I still think that her version of 'State of Independence' was one of the best records ever made.....by anyone. Hope that the writers (Jon & Vangelis) thought the same.