Donna Summer, one of the primary forces in the 1970s disco genre and the voice behind such hits as “Heaven Knows,” “I Feel Love,” “Love to Love You Baby,” “She Works Hard for the Money,” “Last Dance” and others, died Thursday at the age of 63. Summer had been battling cancer.
“Early this morning, surrounded by family, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith,” the singer’s family said in a statement. “While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”
A Boston-area native, Summer was cast in the Broadway production of “Hair” at the age of 18, prior to embarking on a disco and pop career that lasted four decades. She won five Grammy awards over the course of her career.
Summer is survived by her husband and three daughters.