Donna Summer: 1948-2012

Nicknamed the Queen of Disco, the Grammy winner had numerous hits in both the 1970s and 1980s.

Grammy-winning singer Donna Summer, nicknamed the Queen of Disco, performs in an image from around 1978. Summer died on May 17, 2012, at the age of 63 after a reported battle with cancer.

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Summer appears in the 1978 film "Thank God It's Friday," which won an original song Oscar for "Last Dance."

Summer performs onstage in 1978. The singer won five Grammy Awards and six American Music Awards during her career.

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Summer performs in Los Angeles on Feb. 20, 1979. Her hits included "Last Dance," "She Works Hard for the Money" and "Bad Girls," among others.

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Summer, pictured with Meatloaf in the 1990s. The two were signed to Casablanca Records.

Summer sings with Sir Elton John at the Fifth Annual White Tie & Tiara Ball to benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation on June 26, 2003. Summer wore a beautiful diamond set from the Haute Joaillerie collection by Chopard.

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Summer poses during an in-store appearance to promote her new book "Ordinary Girl" at the Book Soup Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 17, 2003.

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Summer performs during the Night of the Proms in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Nov. 15, 2007.

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Summer sings with Joss Stone during rehearsals for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation benefit concert at the Beacon Theater in New York on April 10, 2005.

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The top six female finalists on "American Idol" perform with Summer, center, during the finale of the reality show at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on May 21, 2008. From left: Ramiele Malubay, Amanda Overmyer, Syesha Mercado, Summer, Carly Smithson, Brooke White, and Kristy Lee Cook.

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Summer performs during the "Great Performances: Hitman Returns -- David Foster & Friends" panel at the PBS portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 9, 2011.

"While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy," a family statement said after her death on May 17, 2012. "Words truly can't express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time."

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