DONNA Summer has died at the age of 63.
The 'Last Dance' singer passed away last night (17.05.12) in Florida after a battle with cancer.
According to gossip website TMZ, the Queen of Disco had attempted to keep the extent of her illness from fans and was recently trying to finish up her latest album.
Donna 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.
She also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a thirteen-month period.
Donna, who was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in 1948, married actor Helmuth Sommer in 1973 before giving birth to the couple's daughter Mimi later that year.
Although the marriage crumbled in 1975, she kept an altered version of her ex's surname to use as her stage name.
She married Brooklyn Dreams musician Bruce Sudano in 1980 and the couple went on to have two daughters, Brooklyn, born in 1981 and Amanda the following year.
In 1994, the family moved from Los Angeles to Nashville where Donna took time out from showbusiness to focus on painting but had recently returned to the recording studio.
Donna Summer's family are ''at peace'' celebrating the late singer's legacy.
They said in a statement: ''Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith.
''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.''
A host of stars have paid tribute to the five-time Grammy award winner.
Producer Pete Waterman, who worked with her in the 1980s, praised her as ''inspirational'' and ''unique''.
He told BBC News: ''She was the icing on the cake. We were at the top of our game when we worked with her. She was just fantastic.
''Donna was unique. Donna did things Donna's way. One of the first things she said to me was, when you work with me, you work on Donna time... She wasn't a diva, she was inspirational.
"Her talent came from God, she knew she couldn't just turn it on.''
Kylie Minogue described the 'I Feel Love' hitmaker as ''one of my earliest musical inspirations'', while Mary J. Blige described her as ''truly a game changer''.
Music producer Quincy Jones described Donna as the ''soundtrack to a decade'' in a twitter tribute.
He wrote: ''Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.''
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres admitted she was ''so sad'' over the news.
She wrote: ''I'm so sad about the news that Donna Summer died this morning. I was a big fan. I even used one of her songs in my show that airs today.''
Leave your tributes below.
A desirable and peaceful Rangeville address close to schools, shops and parkland in gorgeous tree lined street, an ideal northern orientation, and heaps of space...
Perfectly positioned with-in walking distance to Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre, this well presented 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is just perfect for those who are...
Occupying a sought after Rangeville position this spectacular and beautifully appointed residence offers the best in quality and comfort and designed for a...
Just minutes from Highfields, at the end if a quiet country road, this delightful property on 8.9 acres offers a carefree lifestyle with open space, quietness, and...
Enjoy the space and peaceful living opportunity this 2.7 acre property offers. There is a tidy, well maintained 3 bedroom brick home with front veranda, private...
An exciting prospect for the first home purchasers, or investors, this timeless lowset massive family home is perfectly situated close to public transport...
A Fine Example Of Design Excellence...You Will Feel Comfortable In This Stunning Family Residence. Stunning private entrance leading into the home with full...
Finally, your perfect opportunity to build that forever home! Fully fenced with picture perfect rural views, this 5.3 acres offers 3 phase power, equipped electric...
A quick sale required for this dynamic home featuring a large entertainers kitchen, multiple living areas, study, polished timber floors and a complete cutting...
Well positioned in a convenient Rangeville location within walking distance to High Street Shopping Centre and Picnic Point, is this large updated family home that...
Join the Community.
Get your local news, your way.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.