Most of us would be aware that it has been over a decade since the legend of disco died, leaving behind her masterpieces and achievements for her fans to treasure as her memories in their hearts. Therefore, In this article, we shall dive deeper into the insights into Donna Summer’s early life, career, achievements, and at last, the reason behind what happened to Donna Summer that led her to her deathbed.
LaDonna Adrian Gaines, who is professionally known as Donna Summer, was born on December 31, 1948, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, on a New Year’s Eve. Donna Summer is an American songwriter and singer.
She was born to Andrew Gains, her father, who was a butcher, and Mary Gains, her mother, who was a schoolteacher. Summer united with the Blue rock band Crow as she moved to New York from Boston just before her high school graduation though their band soon broke up.
Summer shifted to Munich once she got a stable part in the Counterculture Musical Hair. There she had a small yet unsuccessful chore under the name of Donna Gaines as a solo singer. She met with an Italian composer Giorgio and the songwriter Pete Bellotte during the time when she worked as a part-time model as they commenced to write songs together after the formation of a working partnership between the three of them.
Songs like “The Hostage” gave hits in Europe though that didn’t stretch until “Love To Love You Baby” was released and became a banger, and Summer was globally recognized. Some of her biggest hits that you would regret if you miss would be: “I Feel Love,” “Heaven Knows,” ‘Last Dance,” “Dim All The Lights,” and “No More Tears (Enough is Enough)” with Barbra Streisand,” “This Time I Know It’s For Real,” “On The Radio” etc…
Keeping these aside, we shall move to what was the reason behind her death, so if you are also wondering about the cause of her death, scroll down to find your answers.
What Happened To Donna Summer? Everything You Need To Know.
On May 17, 2012, Donna Summer passed away at the age of 63 due to lung cancer. It occurred in her home that was in Naples, Florida. What was the cause of her cancer? As she was a non-smoker, Donna had conjectured the cause of her cancer was inhaling dust and toxic fumes in New york city from September 11 attacks that happened while Summer was in her apartment that was close to Ground Zero.
Notwithstanding this, some of the reports state that her cancer was caused by her smoking habits in her younger years as well as her exposure to second-hand smoking after her quitting, during the times she performed in clubs has stood biased to her cancer.
Now let us take a brief look at how Summer became the Queen of Disco. She rose to stardom and was given the title of “Queen Of Disco” in the 1970s with some of her most ideal songs like “Love To Love You Baby” This was her very first song to enter the billboard hot 100, ” I Feel Love,” “Bad Girls” and ” Hot Stuff” during the disco era as she reinforced to popularize the genre of disco.
Summer sold over 100 million copies across the globe marking herself as one of the best-selling artists in the industry. Summer had a total of 32 single hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in her entire lifetime, of which 14 songs had ascended to the top 10 hits. Donna Summer never missed claiming a top 40 hit every year, starting from 1976 to 1984.
Her achievements did not stop at billboards, as she emerged to Grammys and whopped five Grammys awards in total. Following that, in 2013, Donna was inducted into “The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame” just a while after she was dead.
Apart from this, Donna got married twice. First, with Helmuth Sommer, an Australian actor with whom she had her first kid Natalia Pia Melanie Sommer. In 1976, the pair got divorced. Later Donna met Bruce Sudono, A singer. They shared two kids, Amanda and Brooklyn. This couple stayed married until the day Donna Summer was dead.