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Donna Summer’s Family Releases Official Statement About Her Death

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Donna Summer‘s family issued a formal statement about her death from cancer yesterday at the age of 63, thanking fans for their prayers and remembering the disco icon’s accomplishments.

The message from the Sudano family, issued yesterday, read:

“Early this morning, surrounded by family, 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.”

The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Salvation Army. The family did not announce the funeral arrangements, though some outlets are now reporting that a funeral service for friends and family will take place on May 21 in Nashville.

Summer’s fellow performers, including Rihanna, Mary J. Blige and Adam Lambert, have been speaking out on Twitter to remember the singer, who scored more than a dozen Top 10 hits in the ’70s and ’80s, including ‘Hot Stuff,’ ‘Last Dance,’ ‘Bad Girls’ and ‘She Works Hard for the Money.’ Summer’s greatest hits collection shot into the Top 10 on iTunes less than 24 hours after her death.

Watch the Donna Summer ‘She Works Hard for the Money’ Video

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