The celebrity community has reacted with sadness over the loss of Donna Summer, who has died at the age of 63.
Elton John released a statement about the passing of the singer:
“I’m so sad. This woman was the queen of disco and so much more. Her records sound as good today as they ever did. That she has never been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace especially when I see the second rate talent that has been inducted. She is a great friend to me and to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and I will miss her greatly.”
Barbra Streisand also spoke out about the passing of Summer.
“I was shocked to hear about Donna. She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago. I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented… It’s so sad,” she said in a statement.
Aretha Franklin: “So shocking to hear about the passing of Donna Summer. In the 70s, she reigned over the disco era and kept the disco jumping. Who will forget “Last Dance.” A fine performer and a very nice person. She was a delight to the industry. She and Giorgio Moroder made sales and musical history in the 70s.”
Dolly Parton: “I can’t believe we’ve lost another wonderful singer. Donna, like Whitney, had one of the greatest voices ever. I loved her records. She was the disco queen, and will remain so. I knew her and found her to be one of the most likable and fun people ever. She will be missed and remembered.”
Janet Jackson: “We will miss Donna Summer! She changed the world of music with her beautiful voice and incredible talent.”
Chaka Khan: “I will miss her very much. My love goes out to her family. I’m here for them. Donna and I had a friendship for over 30 years. She is one of the few black women I could speak Germany with and she is one of the few friends I had in this business.”
KC of KC and the Sunshine Band: “It’s just very sad…she was so young and vibrant. Donna and I knew each other for a long time, we ran in the same circles and are part of the same generation, and it was something we shared…creating and performing music. Her voice was smooth and comforting, and something I had always wanted to do was a world tour with her, you know, as the Queen and King of Disco. We are the freshman class in creating music that continues to this day to make people happy, and it has been embraced by every major artist in the industry. It makes you want to get up and dance and forget your troubles for awhile. We just saw each other several months ago – she was beautiful as ever and her voice as strong as when I met her and we had some great laughs and a stroll down memory lane. I send my condolences to her husband, Bruce and their family.”
Arsenio Hall: “Donna’s voice has been a constant in my life for so long that this heartbreaking exit is almost impossible to digest! This my ‘last chance’ to say, we will really miss you Donna. But your music will live on!”
Here’s what the stars are saying about the “Last Dance” singer on Twitter:
Gloria Estefan: “Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer! It’s the end of an era. Peace & prayers 2 all who loved her. I will miss her!”
Lisa Marie Presley: “RIP Donna Summer. U made music and the world a better place . U will B missed”
RuPaul: “Donna Summer, your last dance with remain in our hearts forever.”
Ellen DeGeneres: “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.”
Quincy Jones: “Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.”
Dot Jones: “R.I.P. DONNA SUMMER, YOU WORKED HARD FOR YOUR MONEY, NOW ENJOY THAT LAST DANCE GIRL!!! WILL ALWAYS LOVE, LOVE, LOVE HER MUSIC”
Ryan Seacrest: “I remember sitting in the front seat of my mom’s toyota while she sang Donna Summer’s “she works hard for the money” songs were just classic”
Sheila E: “‏To my friend Donna Summer, You will be missed but not 4gotten. The first Diva, WE love you. Prayers to the family & friends.”
Rob Thomas: “RIP Donna Summer. Loss of a great talent.”
Solange Knowles: “Donna Summer- You have inspired me in so many ways…..”
Nancy Grace: “Donna Summer, Queen of Disco gone too soon. My condolences to her family & friends.”
Katharine McPhee: “RIP Donna Summer…hope you’re dancing up there.”
Joan Collins: “So sad to hear about Donna Summer. I adored her voice. May she rest in peace.”
Patti Stanger: “‏I just heard of Donna Summer’s passing, may her last dance be filled with love & light! X0”
Bethenny Frankel ‏: “So sad about Donna Summer passing away. Her music was such a big part of my life & memories. I wasn’t ready for her ‘last dance.’”
“Real Housewives” Carloine Manzo: " RIP Donna Summer - she was one of the best - sad.”
Boyz II Men: “It’s unfortunate that we have to say goodbye to another amazing talent.
Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, our condolences to her family!”
Jackee: “Donna Summer. Gone But NEVER To Be Forgotten. Dancing Her Eternal #LastDance”
La Toya Jackson: “My condolence to #Donna Summer’s family & love ones. She will be terribly missed. She was truly the #Disco Queen!”
Nigel Lythgoe: “One of my favorite singers of all time, Donna Summer, is dead. She defined dance music in the 70’s and had a wonderful voice and personality”
Holly Robinson Peete: “Donna Summer…“The VOICE”… Well Done Diva. #RIPDonna *long tears*”
Richard Marx: “SO bummed about Donna Summer. Sweet and extremely talented lady. My heart goes out to Bruce and her kids. Real loss.”
Timbaland: “i cant believe this RIP Donna Summer. at a lost 4words”
“Rock Of Ages” director Adam Shankman: “Sleep sweetly eternally my Amazing Donna Summer! Tonight, after my prayers, I will dance the last dance and think of you. Xoox”
Neil Patrick Harris: “Donna Summer passed away today. Same day as Jim Henson, 22 years ago.”
Marlee Matlin: “So sad to hear of the passing of disco legend Donna Summer. We all danced to her music. Her influence will last forever. RIP”
Morgan Fairchild: “Donna Summer has died at 63 from cancer.Such a lovely woman & terrific talent whose music touched us all! Prayers for her & her family RIP.”
William Shatner: “My heart and thoughts go out to the family of Donna Summer.”
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