Some very sad news this morning as we learn that disco legend Donna Summer has died aged 63.
Sources close to Summer told website TMZ.com that the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. TMZ spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago who says she didn’t seem too bad. In fact, Donna was reportedly 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.”
Stars such as Kylie Minogue and Quincy Jones have taken to social networking site, Twitter, to post tributes to the star, who passed away yesterday (May 17).
Quincy Jones led the tibutes, writing: ‘Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.’
Kylie Minogue mourned the loss of her fellow dance-floor diva, saying: “One of my earliest musical inspirations, RIP Donna Summer #BadGirlsForEver.”
Meanwhile, stars such as Kelly Rowland, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Mary J. Blige also made their feelings clear. Kelly Rowland wrote, ‘Donna Summer. Icon! Legend! Her voice! Her spirit! Rest In peace, you truly inspired me! I love you!’ whilst Nicki Minaj said: ‘Wow, another legend gone. Rest in peace to the beautiful disco queen Donna Summer,’
We Found Love singer Rihanna was left baffledby the news, simply asking: ‘Donna Summer??’
Elsewhere, Chic’s Nile Rogers added: “For the last half hour or so I’ve been lying in my bed crying and stunned. Donna Summer RIP”
Other stars to pay tribute inlcude Dolly Parton, Timbaland, Robyn, Katy B, La Roux and Best Coast.