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Donna Summer died of lung cancer not related to smoking

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Donna Summer died of lung cancer, her family says

But she wasn't a smoker, and the cancer wasn't related to smoking

Her family issues a statement to correct inaccurate reports about the cause of her death

Summer, America's "queen of disco," died Thursday at age 63

CNN —  

Donna Summer died of lung cancer, but the singer wasn’t a smoker, and the cancer wasn’t related to smoking, her family’s representative said Friday.

Summer’s family issued the announcement in the wake of how “various reports currently surfacing about the cause of Ms. Summer’s death are not accurate,” representative Brian Edward said.

“Obviously, numerous factors can be attributed to the cause of cancer in general, but any details regarding the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of Ms. Summer’s case remain between her family and team of doctors,” Edwards said in a statement.

Five-time Grammy winner Summer, 63, known as the “queen of disco” during the 1970s, died Thursday at age 63.

Summer: A diva who defined the disco movement

Much like the expressive era that her music defined, Summer danced her way through the 1970s with extraordinary success, posting successive hits that electrified dance floors and prompted her coronation as America’s disco queen.

But her own life was marked by the highs and lows of the ballads that she energetically sang, and even at the height of her popularity, she once took steps toward suicide – only to be stopped by the interruption of hotel maids.

She overcame the negative dimensions of relentless public attention, and her legacy as a genre-leading vocalist endures decades later among music enthusiasts, even resulting in an appearance a few years ago on “American Idol.”

Summer died surrounded by her family in Florida.

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