Disco diva Donna Summer has died at the age of 63, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Summer died Thursday after losing a battle with cancer.
In a statement released by her family, Summer was called “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,” Universal Music, her record label, said in a statement. “Words truly can't express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”
Summer is best known for her contributions to the disco era. Early hits such as the 17-minute-long dance track Love to Love You Baby, I Feel Love, Bad Girls and On the Radio propelled Summer to the international stage.
A born-again Christian, Summer faced controversy in the mid 80s when she was accused of saying that AIDS was a punishment from God for the immoral lifestyle of gays. She denied that she ever made such a comment, saying it was “a terrible misunderstanding.”
“A couple of the people I write with are gay,” she told gay glossy The Advocate in 1989, “and they have been ever since I met them. What people want to do with their bodies is their personal preference.”
Source: On Top Magazine