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BREAKING NEWS: Donna Summer Dead at 63! Queen of Disco Succumbs to Lung Cancer!

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Such shocking and terrible news to report this morning.  Legendary R&B and Disco icon and singer, Donna Summer has died at age 63!  Summer passed away this morning in Florida, due to her battle with lung cancer.

According to TMZ.com,  “Summer reportedly contracted the cancer from inhaling toxic particles inhaled during the 9/11 attacks!  Sources close to Summer told TMZ,  the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps.  We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago … who says she didn’t seem too bad.  In fact, we’re told she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on. ”

Following her death, the singer’s family released this statement, that they “are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.  Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”

Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to super stardom in the ’70s with iconic hits like Last Dance, Hot Stuff and Bad Girls.   Donna Summer had been living in Englewood, Fla., with her husband Bruce Sudano of the Brooklyn Dreams, and they have two daughters, Brooklyn and Amanda, and Summer has a daugher, Mimi, from a previous marriage.

One of the truly great singers of our time, it is a heartbreaking loss! From She Work’s Hard for the Money, Love to Love You Baby, MacArthur Park and On The Radio, there were so many smash hits for Summer.  Which was your favorite? How do you feel about the loss of Donna Summer on the heels of losing Whitney Houston? Let us know your thoughts!

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Polly
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Polly

I will never forgot you and I dancing to “MacArthur Park”. Ever! One of the best memories of my entire life!

barbara t
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barbara t

I loved her music, Beautiful voice, R.I.P Donna Summer.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Read my comments BELOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please REPLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

I was shocked when I read Breaking News from Yahoo.com right before I go to work about 1am my time, I never ever forget this true icon legend and we all love Donna.. make room for Donna,Whitney. 🙂

kay killgore
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kay killgore

RIP Ms. Summer the Queen of Disco!!!!

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

I especially loved the late 1970s duet between Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand–Enough Is Enough, No More Tears!

Rest In Peace & Sing With The Angels, Dear Donna!

Christy
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Christy

sorry to hear this… lost track of her but hearing her name brings up memories of college and later my little niece would be wiggling to the beat of her favorite music “donasuma”. Another niece years later played Last
Dance at the end of her reception. Her music will always remind me of good times. Read her life history today as soon as I heard she died. Lots about her I didn’t know – especially the musicals and living in Germany… very interesting. Thank you Donna! loved the music!

Blake
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Blake

So sad to see another music legend pass! Will have to play some Donna Summer on Youtube and Itunes!

Patrick
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Wow! God Bless Donna Summer. RIP. The first thing that came to mind… was when i lived in Hawaii… and “Last Dance”… was the last song… that “Hula’s” played…. ie: about 1:45 a.m… She danced. We danced. Who hasn’t sung her songs. two songs that really mean something to me… “Love is in control” & “I remember Yesturday”. Take care. She figured prominently in the music industry… What a STAR.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Such a huge loss, who will ever forget Last Dance?

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I Loved Donna Summer… Going to the Disco’s in the late 70’s hearing a lot of her songs………………She was THE BEST at that time…She had one hit after another!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I saw Donna Summer in person at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City N J. in the 90’s as I remember………..She even sounded better in person…She had her sister, her husband, & her two daughter’s on stage with her………..She said feel free to dance in the isles & I got up & danced in the Isles…..I had a aewsome time…I will nevver forget it…………………..I have four of her cd’s.. I played some… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

Lucky you, I love her music I have 2 of her cd’s, sounds like you had a very good time, I would have loved to see her.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

MACARTHUR PARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

She was the best in my book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RJ4
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RJ4

Sorry to hear about her passing. I danced to many of her songs in the day. RIP

Lew
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Lew

That Bad Girls album was so hot!! Rest in peace.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I have the movie ” Thank God It’s Friday’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s not a great movie but, it’s the music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All great songs of the late 70’s……….And Donna Summer is in it Singing at the end of the movie “LAST DANCE”. Other songs Brick House sung by Lionel Richie, etc………………………………………………………She was THE QUEEN OF DISCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Dancing to her music in the disco’s in N.J. In the late to mid 70’s…..Wearing those danskin bodysuits……………………………………..The dresses with the slits…..And the hair do’s..I wore my hair short. My style was called the wedge cut…Styled & dried in 10 minutes…………………………………………………………The Soap Factory in Jersey had four separate… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Today I was playing Donna Summer cd’s in my car. While doing some erands…I was singing & also felt like dancing but I was driving…..Great dancing music…………….

Susan M.
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Susan M.

She was HOT STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Donna Summer music was played the most…And then there weere The Bee Gees(Stayin Alive)……………………………………………………………………………………..

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’; Suffered Severe Brain Injury From Fiery Crash

In just heartbreaking news, Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), is not expected to survive after days in the hospital following being severely burned in a fiery car crash when her vehicle struck a home in Mar Vista, California last Friday.

According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche in “Extremely Critical Condition”; Still in Coma Following Fiery Car Crash

Although earlier reports over the weekend had soap opera alum and Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World) in stable condition following crashing her car into a home, on Monday an update on her condition looked more grim.

According to a statement provided to Deadline by Heche’s rep: “At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

Since last Friday, Heche has been hospitalized following a harrowing incident where she crashed her car which caught fire into a private home in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

In addition, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Annie Hernandez told City News Service that investigators obtained a warrant for a blood draw from Heche.

Over the last few days, a new episode of Heche’s podcast “Better Together” with her co-host Heather Duffy was released, which showed the actress slurring her speech.

Erroneous reports said that the podcast which dropped on Friday, was also recorded that day, and that Heche had been drinking prior to her accident during the show.  However, it has come to light that Heche taped that episode last Tuesday, not the day of the crash.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Anne as we continue to monitor and update the situation on the film and TV star, via the comment section below.

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