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Donna Summer, 'The Queen of Disco,' dies at 63 (videos)



Singer Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her family announced her death Thursday.
Singer Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her family announced her death Thursday.
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Singer Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her family announced her death Thursday.
In this Nov. 2, 1979 file photo, Gerald and Betty Ford, left, Donna Summer, right, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center board chairman Steve Broidy at a reception prior to gala disco party benefit in Beverly Hills, Calif. Summer, the Queen of Disco who ruled the dance floors with anthems like “Last Dance,” “Love to Love You Baby” and “Bad Girl,” died of cancer complications.
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Singer Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her family announced her death Thursday.
Donna Summer performs at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert at Oslo Spektrum on December 11, 2009 in Oslo, Norway.
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Singer Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her family announced her death Thursday.
Recording artist Donna Summer performs at the Partnership for Public Service Inaugural Gala at Cipriani's restaurant May 29, 2003 in New York City. Dead at 63, she is survived by her husband and three children.
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Singer Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her family announced her death Thursday.
Disco Legend Donna Summer performs on NBC's "Today Show" in Rockefeller Plaza on May 30, 2008, in New York City.
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Singer Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her family announced her death Thursday.
Singer Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 15, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Five-time Grammy award-winning singer Donna Summer has died, her family said on Thursday. She was 63.

After a stint in musical theater, Summer gained prominence as a singer through disco, first rising to the top of billboard lists in Europe with "The Hostage":

Summer's rise to superstardom in America started with "Love to Love You Baby," a disco song that sparked controversy with its suggestive nature. The singer repeats the line "love to love you baby," as sounds of her moaning suggestively crescendo intermittently throughout:

Her prolific career continued, with Summer placing a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 every year from 1976 to 1984. with chart-toppers like "Heaven Knows," "Last Dance" and "Hot Stuff," which signaled a break from the disco genre she reigned in:

Her family released a statement Thursday saying that they "are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life." Summer had been battling cancer, multiple news organizations reported.

TMZ first reported Summer's death. Summer is survived by her husband, three children and four grandchildren.