After the day we lost go-go legend Chuck Brown and on the day of my father’s 73rd birthday, I am sad to report that Donna Summer, the undisputed Queen of  disco, has died; losing her battle with lung cancer. Sources say she contracted lung cancer by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 attack in New York City. She was at her in home Key West, Florida and was 63 years old at the time. Summer dominated the disco era in the ’70s and her reign continued into the ’80s. She was a five-time Grammy award winner.

How does one not include hits like Hot Stuff on their quintessential ’70s hits mixtape? You can’t. Her music signified the era and she was an icon. The term “icon” seems to be overused these days, but in Summer’s case, it is utterly appropriate and fitting.

Donna Summer is survived by her husband Bruce Sudano, their daughters Brooklyn and Amanda, as well as her daughter Mimi from her previous marriage. Our condolences go out to her family, friends and fans. Another legend goes down. Rest in Power.




Donna Summer 1948-2012 Thread