R.I.P Donna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012)

Donna Summer, was an American singer and songwriter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s and became known as the "Queen of Disco", while her music gained a global following.

She was raised in the Boston neighborhood of Mission Hill. Her father was a butcher, and her mother was a schoolteacher.

In the 60s, Donna joined a rock band as their lead singer prompting the artist to move to New York City.  By the end of the decade, in 1968, Summer moved to Germany to act in the German adaptation of Hair. 

How Did Donna Summer Die? Queen Of Disco Got Cancer Despite Not Smoking

Summer believed that her cancer developed after inhaling toxic dust from the 9/11 attacks.  Though she wasn't in the towers, her apartment was close enough to be exposed to the hazardous aftermath. 

On May 17, 2012, Summer died after a quiet battle with lung cancer

Following her death, her family released a statement saying: "Early this  morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the  greatest being her faith.