Donna Summer, "the Queen of Disco," died on Thursday after a prolonged battle with cancer she tried to keep away from the public. Reports say that Donna confided in her friends that she believed her illness was caused by 9/11 dust she inhaled.
According to The Telegraph, Donna had spoken in the past about September 11. She told The Telegraph in a 2008 interview that she had a premonition about the attacks several months before it happened. She said she suffered from depression and could not leave her flat in Manhattan. “I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I had to keep the blinds down and stay in my bedroom," she said.
The Christian Post reports that Donna had survived breast cancer but finally succumbed to lung cancer. She had struggled to keep her battle with lung cancer secret.
According to TMZ,, her doctors believed she contracted the lung cancer from her smoking habit which she maintained for many years. But Donna insisted that her illness was the direct result of inhaling dust from the debris of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The Christian Post reports that Donna was living in a downtown New York City apartment near Ground Zero when the attacks occurred. According to TMZ , Donna became practically paranoid about the "rancid odor" and dust in the air after the collapse of the buildings.
TMZ reports that following the 9/11 attack, Donna's feelings intensified. A friend reported that when he was around Donna, she would constantly spray some sort of disinfectant in the air. The Christian Post reports that Deney Terrio also said that Donna "would hang silk sheets in her dressing room to prevent dust from coming in."
Donna it seemed had some "weird" convictions about the attack. According to The Christian Post, she believed the 9/11 attacks were targeted specially at Christians. According to TMZ, Donna was a fervent Christian and believed that the attack was in a spiritual way an attack on Christians. She was convinced that her illness was the result of the attack. When she was diagnosed of cancer she firmly believed that her illness was due to 9/11 dust even after her doctors told her it was due to her smoking.
The Telegraph reports that at least 55 rescuers have died of cancer since the 9/11 incident, and at least 75 people have been diagnosed with cancer suspected to have been caused by dust following the attack. The Telegraph reports that more than 18,000 people claim to have fallen ill after inhaling dust particles from the Twin Towers collapse. Most people affected are rescue workers who spent long hours at Ground Zero. According to The Telegraph, some of those who have died include eight police officers. Some families have sued the city for illnesses caused by the attack.
Experts say the dust at Ground Zero contained highly carcinogenic asbestos, traces of Lead, mercury and dioxin. The Telegraph reports more than 2,500 contaminants were found in the dust and included known carcinogens.
According to The Telegraph, Donna's career began in the early 1970s. She is credited with pioneering the fusion of European and electronic music with American disco. She won five Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards and three multi-platinum album.
She was "born again" in 1979.