Veronica Roberts

5.17.12, Key West, Florida--Another singing sensation is no more. Queen of Disco Donna Summer reportedly died early Thursday in Key West, Florida after losing her battle with lung cancer.

According to CNN, the disco diva kept her illness from the public and carried on her life normally. In fact, she was working on her latest album when she passed.

The 63-year-old believed she contracted cancer after inhaling the toxic dust particles from 'Ground Zero' after the horrific attack on 9/11 in New York City.

Summer reigned supreme during the 70s and early 80s, giving us such hits like "She Works Hard for the Money," Love to Love You Baby;" "Last Dance;" "Bad Girls;" and "Hot Stuff" among others.

The sultry singer, mother of two, was born in Boston on December 31 1948, to the name of LaDonna Adrian Gaines. Her music heated up nightclubs across America and lighted up the airwaves everywhere with their infectious, hypnotic pulsing beat. Summer was a trend-setter and with her her trade-mark big, flowing hair and big doe eyes, she was the first artist to have 3 consecutive double albums climb to the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Charts.

But she didn't stop there and her impressive career included 5 Grammy Awards, even having 4 number one singles in the U.S. during a short 13 month period.

However, her career did not take off instantly for the industry was not kind to her at first. After struggling when her role as lead singer in the band psychedelic rock was shortlived for the band broke up and playing second to singers like Melba Moore--she landed a role in a Broadway musical Hair when they were moving to Germany. While living in Europe, she released her first Single in 1971 called Sally Go Round The Roses but it did not do very well. She married Austrian actor Helmuth Sommer and had her first daughter Mimi in 1973.

The marriage didn't last but she kept her husband's Austrian last name, only changing the vowel O in Sommer to U as in the English version of 'Summer.' She released her fist album in Europe in 1974 called "Lady of The Night". The sexy song, laced with erotic moans and groans, were thought of as too racy for some airwaves but eventually made its way to the UK, then the U.S. The rest as they say is history for after America got a taste of the husky, sexy voice of Summer, they couldn't get enough.

She also collaborated with many greats in the music industry like David Geffen, Quincy Jones and Barbara Streisand to name a few.

Celebrities are pouring out their grief and condolences over losing the legend on Twitter. Below are some of them.

@QuincyDJones Quincy Jones Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.


@TheEllenShow Ellen DeGeneres I’m so sad about the news that Donna Summer died this morning. I was a big fan. I even used one of her songs in my show that airs today. -------------------------------------------------------------------------

@kerrywashington Kerry Washington star of BC's Scandal Wow...RIP “@Newsweek: April 1979: Donna Summer lands Newsweek cover - coverline "Disco takes over" (h/t @NWKArchivist)” ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

@hollyrpeete Holly Robinson Peete Donna Summer..."The VOICE"... Well Done Diva. #RIPDonna *long tears* ------------------------------------------------------------------------

@TheRealRoseanne Roseanne Barr RIP donna summer-dead at 63 she works hard for the money was my fave song

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