Donna Summer has died at the age of 63, after a battle with cancer. While the singer is perhaps best known as the Queen of Disco, reaction to her death on Twitter and online proves that her work made its mark on artists from many genres of music, as well as celebrities throughout the entertainment world.
Renowned producer Quincy Jones, who worked with Summer on her self-titled 1982 album, posted a Twitter message that read, "Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade."
Gloria Estefan also added her voice to the artists touched by Summer's passing, tweeting, "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!"
Here are just a portion of the many Twitter messages from other celebs mourning the loss of the pop star:
Mary J. Blige: "RIP Donna Summer!!!!!!!!! You were truly a game changer!!!"
Boyz II Men: "It’s unfortunate that we have to say goodbye to another amazing talent. Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, our condolences to her family!"
Matchbox Twenty: "RIP Donna Summer. Thanks." Lead singer Rob Thomas further tweeted, "RIP Donna Summer. Loss of a great talent."
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."
LaToya Jackson: "My condolence to #Donna Summer's family & love ones. She will be terribly missed. She was truly the #Disco Queen!
Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers: "woah! donna summer gone to the great beyond !!!...i love donna summer RIP"
Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Gos: "so sad about donna summer....way to young. sending lots of love and light."
Country star Billy Ray Cyrus: "R I P #Donna Summer LEGEND !!! Your music will live forever."
Dolly Parton issued a statement saying, ""I can't believe we've lost another wonderful singer. Donna, like Whitney, had one of the greatest voices ever. I loved her records. She was the disco queen, and will remain so. I knew her and found her to be one of the most likable and fun people ever. She will be missed and remembered."
The Recording Academy, the organization that hands out the Grammys, said in a statement, "Donna Summer had a dynamic voice and unique musical style that helped define the dance music genre in the ‘70s. She also was an artist who crossed many musical genres, as evidenced by her Grammy wins in the R&B, rock, inspirational and dance categories. Her talent was a true gift to the music industry, and our thoughts and sympathies are with her family, friends and fans throughout the world during this difficult time."
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