Donna Summer

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LaDonna Adrian Gaines¬†(December 31, 1948¬†‚Äď May 17, 2012), known by the stage name¬†Donna Summer, was an American singer-songwriter who gained prominence during the¬†disco¬†era of the 1970s. She had a¬†mezzo-soprano¬†vocal range, and was a five-time¬†Grammy Award¬†winner.¬†Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the U.S.¬†Billboard¬†chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period.

Summer died on May 17, 2012. The¬†Associated Press¬†reports that she died in the morning at her home in¬†Key West, Florida¬†at age 63 following a battle with cancer.¬†The¬†Bradenton Herald¬†quotes “Sarasota County records” stating that she lived in Englewood, Florida at the time of her death. The reference did not state the place of her death.