Legendary Disco Singer Donna Summer Dead at 63: Celebrities Mourn

Neil Patrick Harris, Elle DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest and others mourn the death of the Queen of Disco, who passed away May 17 after a battle with lung cancer

Donna Summer, the disco diva whose music never went out of style, has died of lung cancer at age 63. A five-time Grammy winner, Summer was the powerhouse voice behind hits like "Hot Stuff," "Love to Love You Baby," "She Works Hard for the Money" and "Last Dance." Her death has been a shock to her fans, many of whom were unaware that she had been battling cancer. (In fact, she kept up the appearance of good health and was finishing a new album when she passed away.) Here are some of the remembrances tweeted by celebrity friends and fans on Thursday.

"Wow, another legend gone. Rest in peace to the beautiful disco queen Donna Summer." -- Nicki Minaj

"To my friend Donna Summer, You will be missed but not 4gotten. The first Diva, WE love you. Prayers to the family & friends." -- Sheila E

"Donna Summer passed away today. Same day as Jim Henson, 22 years ago. In honor of both: (Video of Muppet Beaker singing "Hot Stuff")" -- Neil Patrick Harris

"Donna Summer. Man I can't believe this--- like 'My Baby Understands' was on my workout playlist this morning! This MORNING! God...I just..." -- Questlove

"The last whooping I got as a kid was over Donna Summer. I threw a tantrum when my mom wouldn't let me stay up to watch her on 20/20." -- Yvette Nicole Brown

"Damn... Donna Summer dies at 63. An unforgettable voice from my childhood, beloved by my Mom & brother. Let's dance the last dance for her." -- Kevin Smith


"#TootTootHeyBeepBeep RIP Donna Summer" -- Kylie Minogue

"Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer! It's the end of an era. Peace & prayers 2 all who loved her. I will miss her!" -- Gloria Estefan

"Donna Summer RIP I FEEL LOVE FOR YOU" -- Robyn

"I'm so sad about the news that Donna Summer died this morning. I was a big fan. I even used one of her songs in my show that airs today." -- Ellen DeGeneres

"I remember sitting in the front seat of my mom's toyota while she sang Donna Summer's 'she works hard for the money' songs were just classic" -- Ryan Seacrest

"It's unfortunate that we have to say goodbye to another amazing talent. Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, our condolences to her family!" -- Boyz II Men

"Rest in Paradise Ms Donna Summer... 1st lady of Boston..." -- Bobby Brown

"RIP donna summer-dead at 63 she works hard for the money was my fave song" -- Roseanne Barr

"woah! donna summer gone to the great beyond !!! chuck brown then donna summer they're gonna be dancing in heaven!!! i love donna summer RIP" -- Flea

"I used to do interpretative dance in my living room to Donna Summer's music when I was a little girl. Rest in peace." -- Alyssa Milano

"RIP Donna Summers!!!!!!!!! You were truly a game changer!!!" -- Mary J. Blige

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