Singer Donna Summer has died at the age of 63 following a battle with lung cancer.
A source revealed to TMZ that the five-time Grammy winner believed her illness was caused by inhaling toxic particles spread as a result of the 9/11 attack in New York City.
Summer reportedly wanted to keep her illness a secret from the public as she attempted to finish an album.
The “Queen of Disco” found fame in the 1970s with mega-hits like “Last Dance” and “Hot Stuff.”
Summer, whose career continued well into the 1980s and 1990s with songs like “She Works Hard for the Money” and “This Time I Know It’s for Real,” was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard chart.
In a statement to the Associated Press, her family says they “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.”
The singer is survived by her husband, singer Bruce Sudano, their two daughters and four grandchildren.
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