Private funeral held for Donna Summer in Nashville

Disco legend was buried in a quiet ceremony yesterday (May 23)

Private funeral held for Donna Summer in Nashville

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A private funeral for singer Donna Summer was held yesterday (May 23) in Nashville, Tennessee.

The disco singer, who died on May 17 at the age of 63, was laid to rest at Christ Presbyterian Church, in the city where she had lived since 1995.

Among the hundreds of mourners were producer and close friend David Foster, who also performed a rendition of 'The Prayer' with singer Natalie Grant. Summer's sisters also took part in a special tribute, with Linda Gaines Lotman, Mary Ellen Bernard, Dara Bernard and Jenette Yancey also performing the gospel song 'We've Come This Far By Faith'.

Producer Giorgio Moroder also attended, as did the singer's brother Ricky Gaines, who spoke at the service along with several of Summer's girlfriends. The singer is survived by her husband, singer and producer Bruce Sudano, their daughters, Brooklyn and Amanda, and Summer’s daughter, Mimi, from a previous marriage.

Summer released 17 studio albums in total during her career, most recently 2008's 'Crayons'. She won five Grammys, as well as a string of other awards and is best remembered for her hit singles 'I Feel Love', 'Love To Love You Baby' and 'Hot Stuff'.

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