Singer Donna Summer, known as the “Queen of Disco,” told friends before her death that she believed that 9/11 gave her cancer.Summer passed away on Thursday morning before she could finish her final album, according to one source.
Friends and family say that the toxic air from the fallen Twin Towers is one theory on how she got cancer, but that was never proven.
A statement released by Summer’s family later in the morning confirmed the TMZ report. “Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith,” the singer’s family said in a statement.
“While we grieve her passing, we 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.”
Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who rose to prominence during the 1970’s disco era.
She was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number-one on the US Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a thirteen-month period.
Some of her most notable songs have been, “Last Dance” from the 1978 film, “Thank God It’s Friday” which won a ‘Best Original Song’ award, “She Works Hard for the Money,” and “Bad Girls” to name a few.