LOS ANGELES – Reaction to the death Thursday of singer Donna Summer, who was 63:
“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.
“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.
“Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.” – Quincy Jones, via Twitter.
“We will miss Donna Summer! She changed the world of music with her beautiful voice and incredible talent.” – Janet Jackson.
“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, via Twitter.
“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.
“Wow, another legend gone. Rest in peace to the beautiful disco queen Donna Summer.” – Nicki Minaj, via Twitter.
“Donna and I had a friendship for over 30 years. She is one of the few black women I could speak German with and she is one of the few friends I had in this business.” – Chaka Khan.
“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, via Twitter.
“She not only made her mark in my heart as well as others, but she forever changed the way of how America danced and enjoyed themselves. She may have had her `Last Dance’ here on earth, but `Heaven Knows’ it is dancing with joy for her arrival.”– Gloria Gaynor.
“So sad to hear about Donna Summer. I adored her voice. May she rest in peace.” – Joan Collins, via Twitter.
“My deepest condolences got out to the family of Donna Summer regarding the passing of a true legend.” – Bret Michaels, via Twitter.
“Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer! It’s the end of an era. Peace & prayers 2 all who loved her.” – Gloria Estefan, who posted a photo of herself with Summer on Twitter.
“She defined dance music in the 70’s and had a wonderful voice and personality.” – “So You Think You Can Dance” creator and “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe, via Twitter.
“Donna Summer had a dynamic voice and unique musical style that helped define the dance music genre in the `70s. She also was an artist who crossed many musical genres...” – Recording Academy President Neil Portnow.