Queen of Disco and Hot Stuff signer Donna Summer has died aged 63 following a reported lung cancer battle.

Her family released a statement, saying Summer died on Thursday morning and that they ‘are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy’.

Summer came to prominence just as disco was burgeoning, and came to define the era with a string of No. 1 hits and her luxurious hair and glossy, open lips.

Disco became as much defined by her sultry, sexual vocals — her bedroom moans and sighs — as the relentless, pulsing rhythms of the music itself.

“Love to Love You Baby,” released in 1975, was her U.S. chart debut and the first of 19 No. 1 dance hits between 1975 and 2008 — second only to Madonna.

She was a five-time Grammy Award winner and the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart

Summer released her last album, Crayons, in 2008. It was her first full studio album in 17 years. She also performed on American Idol that year with its top female contestants.
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