'Queen of Disco' Donna Summer Dead at 63

By Ben Fractenberg on May 17, 2012 1:47pm 

Donna Summer died on Thurs., May 16, 2012, at the age of 63.
Donna Summer died on Thurs., May 16, 2012, at the age of 63.
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NEW YORK CITY — Iconic disco singer Donna Summer died Thursday at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer, according to reports.

Summer — a five-time Grammy winner whose hits included "Love to Love You, Baby" (1975), "Last Dance" (1978) and "Hot Stuff" (1979) — was a mainstay at New York City nightclubs like Studio 54 in the 1970s.

Summer auditioned for a role in the Broadway musical "Hair" but didn't get the part. She was later offered a role when the production moved to Germany.

The singer moved away from her disco sound in the 1980s, producing songs with more New Wave and rock influences like "She Works Hard for the Money" (1983).

The singer's last album, "Crayons," came out in 2008.

Her family released a statement saying they "are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continue legacy," TMZ reported

Summer, who reportedly died in Florida, is survived by her husband, singer Bruce Sudano, and three children.

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