Donna Summer’s family are ”at peace” celebrating the late singer’s legacy. The 63-year-old singer passed away this morning after battling cancer and her relatives have thanked fans for their well-wishes following the news.
They said in a statement: ”Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith. While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.”
A host of stars have paid tribute to the five-time Grammy award winner. Producer Pete Waterman, who worked with her in the 1980s, praised her as ”inspirational” and ”unique”. Kylie Minogue described the ‘I Feel Love’ hitmaker as ”one of my earliest musical inspirations”, while Mary J. Blige described her as ”truly a game changer”.
Music producer Quincy Jones described Donna as the ”soundtrack to a decade” in a twitter tribute. He wrote: ”Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.”
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres admitted she was ”so sad” over the news. She wrote: ”I’m so sad about the news that Donna Summer died this morning. I was a big fan. I even used one of her songs in my show that airs today.”