Thursday, May 17, 2012
RIP Donna Summer
Disco queen Donna Summer, whose pulsing anthems such as "Last Dance,"'Love to Love You Baby" and "Bad Girls" became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex, drugs, dance and flashy clothes, has died. She was 63.
Her family released a statement saying Summer died Thursday morning and that they "are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy."
She had been living in Englewood, Fla., with her husband Bruce Sudano.
"Words truly can't express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time," the statement said.
"Love to Love You Baby," was Summer's first hit and one of the most scandalous songs of the era. The song was later sampled by LL Cool J, Timbaland and Beyonce.
She had one of her biggest hits in the 1980s with "She Works Hard for the Money," which became another anthem, this time for women's rights.
"She was very committed to God, spirituality and religion. Her passion in her life, besides music, was God, spirituality and religion. She held a bible study class at her home every week," he said.
Her diverse sound helped her earn Grammy Awards in the dance, rock, R&B and inspirational categories. She will be missed.