Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, Dies: Celebs Tweet Condolences

Celebrity News May. 17, 2012 AT 1:45PM
Donna Summer performs during the 25th Great Sports Legends Dinner on September 27, 2010 in New York City. Donna Summer performs during the 25th Great Sports Legends Dinner on September 27, 2010 in New York City. Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty

Donna Summer's fans will never forget her. 

The Grammy-winning singer passed away at the age of 63, her family confirmed Thursday in a statement, and celebs flocked instantly to Twitter to share their condolences and memories.

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Remembered as the "Queen of Disco," Summer helped influence the careers and sounds of stars like Madonna, Beyonce -- and the late Michael Jackson, whose sister, La Toya Jackson, tweeted, "My condolence to Donna Summer's family & love ones. She will be terribly missed. She was truly the Disco Queen!"

Barbra Streisand, who sang the duet "No More Tears" with Summer, said in a statement to Us Weekly, "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."

Smash star and American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee wrote, "RIP Donna Summer...hope you're dancing up there."

Actor and performer Neil Patrick Harris shared, "Donna Summer passed away today. Same day as Jim Henson, 22 years ago. In honor of both…" and included a link to a YouTube video of The Muppets singing Summer's "Hot Stuff."

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"RIP Donna Summer! You were truly a game changer!" Mary J Blige wrote. Billy Ray Cyrus tweeted a similar message, writing, "RIP Donna Summer. Legend! Your music will live forever."

Comedian Sandra Bernhard wrote a serious message asking her fans to take "a moment please for the wonderful Donna Summer a beautiful person a great disco diva and revolutionary performer. it's just not right."

Read more star reactions on Summer's passing below.

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Rihanna: "Donna Summer??"

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."

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.'"

Quincy Jones: "Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade."

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!"

LeAnn Rimes: "Donna Summer.... RIP saddened she's gone so soon"

Adam Lambert: "RIP Donna Summer. glorious disco Goddess."

Kate Walsh: "I remember buying Donna Summer's "I remember yesterday" when I was 10, being obsessed w/"I feel love"

Keri Hilson: "I may be an 80's baby, but I loved the disco era. Donna Summer & Diana Ross were the inspiration for my 70's scene in Pretty Girl Rock vid!"

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"

Russell Simmons: "RIP Donna Summer…"

Mario Lopez: "R.I.P Donna Summer...I remember roller skating to hits like "Last Dance" "Hot Stuff" & "Bad Girls." Synonymous with the 70's.."

William Shatner: "My heart and thoughts go out to the family of Donna Summer. MBB"

Niecy Nash: "Whitney. Tina Marie. Vesta. Now Donna Summer. The choir in heaven has a new member. They will be singing up a beautiful storm"

Timbaland: "this cant be true. I cant believe this RIP Donna Summer. At a loss for words"

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Summer is survived by daughters Brooklyn and Amanda, her grown daughters with husband Bruce Sudano, a fellow musician whom she married in 1980, and Mimi, her eldest daughter with first husband, actor Helmuth Sommer.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Summer's family said, "Words truly can't express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time."

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