Summer, whose music has been a staple in dance clubs for decades, won five Grammys and was widely regarded as one of the most prominent hit-makers of the disco era. She was first artist to have three consecutive double albums hit the top spot on Billboard. Within 13 months, she had four number one singles. She also staged a successful comeback in the 1980s with the album She Works Hard For The Money.
Many news outlets are reporting that Summer “lost her battle” with cancer (which was initially reported to be of the breast, but is now believed to be of lung–regardless, she kept it a secret and fought privately), but that makes it sound like it was a fair fight. Cancer is a horrible, pernicious disease. Lung cancer is the single most deadly form of cancer, and is nearly impossible to completely treat.
It is unfair to say that Donna Summer “lost” this battle–instead, let’s say that she fought and unbeatable opponent as bravely as any human could.
Rest in peace, Donna Summer.