Reports are coming in from various sources indicating that Donna Summer died this morning at her Florida home. Russell Simmons posted the sad news on his Facebook page writing "RIP," with a link to GlobalGrind.com
. The "Queen of Disco" was "a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to superstardom in the '70s."
The Global Grind article refers to the first news outlet to report on Summer's death, TMZ. According to TMZ
, "Sources close to Summer tell us ... the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago ... who says she didn't seem too bad."
Summer is best known for her hits "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff," and "Bad Girls" in the 70s, and as TMZ notes, "She continued her dominance in the '80s with 'She Works Hard for the Money' and 'This Time I Know It's for Real.'"
credits Summer with "defining dance music of the decade" of the 1970s and influencing other performers like David Bowie and Duran Duran.
"She married Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano in 1980," states Hollywood Life. "They had two daughters together."