A number of news sources have confirmed that iconic disco diva Donna Summer died this past Thursday after losing her lengthy battle with cancer, aged just 63.
The American-born daughter of a strict Baptist minister, Summer sang some of the biggest hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s, many of which became huge gay anthem classics, including Bad Girls, Last Dance, Hot Stuff, the saucy Love to Love You, the surreal Macarthur’s Park and classic duet with Barbra Striesand Enough Is Enough.
But this 5-time Grammy-winning artist also had a precarious relationship with the fans that helped make her songs hits, with rumours of her being homophobic following comments she supposedly made publically about homosexuality.
Donna Summer is survived by her two daughters from a former marriage and husband Bruce Sudano, as well as an incomplete album that she was said to be finishing, according to gossip site TMZ.
Thank you for the music Donna Summer.
Check out some of Donna Summer’s biggest hits below.
Love to Love You Baby
She Works Hard For The Money
This Time I Know It’s For Real
Enough Is Enough (duet with Tina Arena)