Private memorial for ‘Queen of Disco’

2012-05-21 14:32

Los Angeles – Donna Summer’s family will hold a memorial service this week.

The I Feel Love hitmaker – who passed away in Florida last week aged 63 – will be remembered in a private ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, gossip website TMZ reports.

Donna’s family chose Nashville – where Donna moved in 1994 – because it was a place “close to her heart”.

Meanwhile, friends of the iconic disco singer – who is survived by husband Bruce Sudano, three daughters and four grandchildren – say she was “healthy” just months before her death, which is believed to have been from lung cancer, and was taking care of herself.

A source told People: “She had lung cancer. She got it about a year ago. She was not a smoker [anymore].

“It’s not like she was in bad shape. She was healthy, she was taking care of herself.”

US President Barack Obama has released a statement paying tribute to the singer.

He said: “Donna truly was the ‘Queen of Disco.’ Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon.”

– BangShowBiz/Channel24

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