Donna Summer dead at 63, fans and neighbors remember Disco Queen

6:46 AM, May 18, 2012   |    comments
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Singer Donna Summer, seen here in a 2008 publicity photo.



ENGLEWOOD, Florida - Fans and neighbors of disco icon, Donna Summer, are remembering the singer who died Thursday after a battle with cancer. Summer died at her condo in Naples. She was 63 years-old.

Mark Thibault lives down the street from Donna Summer's home in the North Manasota Key community in Englewoood, where she lived with her husband. He says he met Summer at a party a few years back.

"I feel bad. I didn't know she was sick," said Thibault. "She was very nice, very gracious and very humble."

The Boston-born Summer sang much of the soundtrack of the 1970's, with hits including "I Feel Love", "Last Dance" and "Hot Stuff." She won a total of five Grammys during her career. 

Some fans are still taking in her death.

"I think it's a big shock. She was in my era. We loved her back in those days," said fan, John Jaycox.

"It's a big blow I'm sure to a lot of people. They're probably not too many big disco stars left. You know. It's just too bad," said fan, Richard Bourdeaux.

Summer is survived by her husband, three daughters, and four grandchildren. 

No word yet on funeral arrangements or if there will be any type of a public memorial.

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