A host of stars from the music world have paid tribute on Twitter to legendary disco artist Donna Summer, whose death was announced earlier today.
The singer, who is famous for hit singles including ‘I Feel Love’, ‘Love To Love You Baby’ and ‘Hot Stuff’, died this morning (May 17) in Florida after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Kylie Minogue, Moby, Belle & Sebastian, La Roux, Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nile Rodgers of Chic and drummer Sheila E were some of the many stars to pay homage to the star, who passed away at the age of 63. Read their tributes below:
Kylie Minogue said Summer was an early inspiration, writing:
One of my earliest musical inspirations, RIP Donna Summer #BadGirlsForEver
— Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) May 17, 2012
Moby spoke of the impact and influence Summer had:
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) May 17, 2012
Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers said Summer will be dancing in heaven with funk artist Chuck Brown, who passed away yesterday.
Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello thanked Summer for the ‘disco jams’:
Rip Donna Summer. Thanks for the all time great disco jams.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) May 17, 2012
Belle & Sebastian wrote:
— belle & sebastian (@bellesglasgow) May 17, 2012
Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast called Summer ‘a queen’:
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) May 17, 2012
Nile Rodgers of Chic said:
For the last half hour or so I've been lying in my bed crying and stunned. Donna Summer RIP http://t.co/EPHel4AK
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) May 17, 2012
While La Roux also said that she was close to tears following the news:
Record producer Quincy Jones, wrote:
Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) May 17, 2012
Pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor said:
I'm sad to hear about Donna Summer. What a voice and so many classic songs. The sound of disco.
— Sophie Ellis-Bextor (@SophieEB) May 17, 2012
Drummer and Prince collaborator Sheila E paid tribute to her friend, calling her the ‘first diva’:
To my friend Donna Summer, You will be missed but not 4gotten. The first Diva, WE love you. Prayers to the family & friends.
— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) May 17, 2012
Soul singer Betty Wright called Summer her ‘sister’:
Lord have mercy..My sister in song and spirit, Donna Summer…May u rest in daddys arms….we shall meet again in God's time.
— Betty Wright (@MsBettyWright) May 17, 2012