- Associated Press - Thursday, May 17, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Reaction to the death Thursday of singer Donna Summer, who was 63:

“Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Donna Summer. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Donna truly was the “Queen of Disco.” Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Donna’s family and her dedicated fans.” _ President Barack Obama.

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“So shocking to hear about the passing of Donna Summer. In the 70s, she reigned over the disco era and kept the disco jumping. Who will forget `Last Dance.’ A fine performer and a very nice person.” _ Aretha Franklin.


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“I was shocked to hear about Donna. She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago. I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented. It’s so sad.” _ Barbra Streisand.

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“Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.” _ Quincy Jones, via Twitter.

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“We will miss Donna Summer! She changed the world of music with her beautiful voice and incredible talent.” _ Janet Jackson.

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“I can’t believe we’ve lost another wonderful singer. Donna, like Whitney, had one of the greatest voices ever. I loved her records. She was the disco queen, and will remain so. I knew her and found her to be one of the most likable and fun people ever. She will be missed and remembered.” _ Dolly Parton.

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“When you lose a friend you feel like they are gone forever.that is not true with my dear friend Donna. She was a queen, THE Queen of Disco, and we will be dancing to her music forever.” _ Liza Minnelli.

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