Donna Summer, best known for her hits in the disco and post-disco era in the late 1970s and early '80s, died of cancer on Thursday after a battle with cancer. TMZ reported that Summer, 63, died in Florida and had been working on a new album.
Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, Summer was born in Boston and began singing gospel music in church. In the 1960s she joined the rock band Crow, but it wasn't until 1975 when she hit the charts with the song "Love To Love You, Baby" that her career took off. She quickly became the top diva of the disco era.
Summer's hits included "Last Dance," "Bad Girls" and "She Works Hard for the Money." Over the course of her career, Summer won five Grammy Awards and six American Music Awards.
She is survived by her husband, three daughters, and four grandchildren.
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