Stars including Quincy Jones, Dolly Parton and Sir Elton John lead tributes to the legendary singer
Queen of disco Donna Summer has passed away at the age of 63 following a secret ten-month battle with lung cancer.
Stars including Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Dolly Parton have praised the iconic US singer for her huge influence on the disco and dance music scenes.
Quincy Jones led the flood of tributes, taking to his Twitter page to pay homage to the legendary singer who passed away yesterday at her home in Florida.
‘Rest in Peace Donna Summer. Your voice was a heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade,’ he wrote.
A whole host of celebrities took to their social networking pages to offer condolences and praise the singer who was famous for disco classics including I Feel Love and Love To Love You Baby.
Pop princess Kylie Minogue wrote: ‘One of my earliest musical inspirations, RIP Donna Summer #BadGirlsForEver.’
Elton John said Summer was more than the ‘queen of disco’, adding: ‘Her records sound as good today as they ever did’
While friend Dolly Parton said: ‘I knew her and found her to be one of the most likable and fun people ever.’
US singer Mary J Blige wrote: ‘RIP Donna Summers!!!!!! You were truly a game changer!!!’
Former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland tweeted: ‘Donna Summer. Icon! Legend! Her voice! Her spirit! Rest In Peace, you truly inspired me! I love you!’
According to Entertainment Tonight, Donna was diagnosed with lung cancer 10 months ago but attempted to keep the extent of her illness from fans as she tried to finish her latest album, only telling her husband Bruce Sudano and three children that she was dying.
It is reported that her funeral will take in Nashville on Monday.
Summer’s family said they were ‘at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.’
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