I think I just broke the record for the most “What the….?”s shouted out at in ten seconds when I read at TMZ that the Queen of Disco Donna Summer has twirled up to heaven at the young age of 63. TMZ says that Donna was privately battling cancer and didn’t want the public to know about it. None of this has been confirmed by Donna’s family or rep yet.
UPDATE: Donna’s family confirmed that she passed away late last night in Florida. They says that they “are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continue legacy.” Many people close to Donna are as shocked everyone else. Donna was in the middle of recording a new album and as of two weeks ago she seemed fine. TMZ also says that Donna had lung cancer and believes she got it from breathing in toxic particles after the World Trade Center attack.
This is just sad and if another disco ball never spins again, I’ll be okay with that. I was going to list all of Donna’s hits that helped to define disco, but instead I’m going to tell you to think of all the songs you twerked your nalgas during 70s night at a gay club. Also, think of the song that they play at the end of every wedding you’ve ever been to. That’s your list right there.
Donna is survived by her husband Bruce Sudano and her three daughters.
Rest in peace, Miss LaDonna.