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Disco queen Donna Summer dies at 63

posted 17 May 2012, 16:02 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 17 May 2012, 16:04 ]

Donna Summer, the voice behind such disco classics as "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls," has died of cancer at the age of 63.

REUTERS / BURGUNDY RECORDS / UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT - Queen of disco Donna Summer, famous for her 1970s and 1980s hits like "Hot Stuff," "Last Dance" and "She Works Hard for the Money," died on Thursday at the age of 63, her publicist said.

Summer, 63, who won five Grammys and sold more than 130 million records worldwide, died surrounded by her family in Naples, Florida, publicist Brian Edwards said.

The Boston-born Summer began her career in Germany where she performed in productions of the shows "Hair" and "Porgy and Bess."

Her breakthrough hit was the song "Love to Love You Baby" released in 1975. She later dominated the disco era with the songs "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Dim All the Lights."

In 1983 she scored a massive hit with "She Works Hard for the Money."

John Russell, Reuters.