LaDonna Adrian Gaines, better known as Donna Summer, has sadly died today after battling lung cancer.
TMZ broke the news earlier today that the 63-year-old singer and mother of two had passed away in Florida, having kept her illness under wraps since being diagnosed. Their sources suggest that Donna believed she had contracted cancer after inhaling toxic particles during the September 11th attacks in New York. The Summer family released a statement:
“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.”
Donna was best known for her hits during the 70′s including ‘Hot Stuff’, ‘Bad Girls’ and ‘Last Dance’, notching up seventeen studio albums during her career, and was apparently working on another album before she passed away. Donna also earned herself five Grammy awards.
Donna Summer is survived by her husband, singer and producer Bruce Sudano, and her two daughters, as well as her grandchildren.