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Donna Summer Dead at 63

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This just in from TMZ: "Donna Summer -- the Queen of Disco -- died this morning after a battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Summer was in Florida at the time of her death. She was 63 years old.

Sources close to Summer tell us ... the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago ... who says she didn't seem too bad.

In fact, we're told she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on.

Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to superstardom in the '70s with iconic hits like "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls."

She continued her dominance in the '80s with "She Works Hard for the Money" and "This Time I Know It's for Real."

Summer and her producer Giorgio Moroder defined the dance music era of the '70s and influenced acts like Duran Duran and David Bowie to enter the genre.

Summer married Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano back in 1980. They had two daughters together."

What a loss, first Whitney, then Donna. :(

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This is horrible news. Donna Summer was the "Queen of Disco," but she was also songwriting royalty, with a talent for writing compelling stories, often about topics we didn't hear about very often.

Her big '80s hit, "She Works Hard For The Money," was about a woman Summer encountered who was working two jobs and struggling to get by. It takes some talent to write a hit song that starts with this woman's name: "Onetta," but Summer pulled it off. She was immensely talented.

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Donna had her first hit record in 1974: The Hostage, nr. 1 in Belgium and nr. 2 in The Netherlands. Here is her debut on Dutch television.

She appears in the show "Sjef van Oekel´s Discohoek", a satirical show presented by two old men, in which the artists playbacked their song after the bookkeeper had started the record. During the performance all sorts of things might disturb the show: bookshelves might fall down, a fire alarm go off or a tramp cut the microphone cable with his scissors.

Donna appears in this clip as a fine comedienne.

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