Disco—and just plain music—fans everywhere are mourning Thursday’s death of Donna Summer, the legendary singer who lost her battle with cancer at the age of 63. And many, including the celebrity world, turned to Twitter to share their reactions.
The Associated Press rounded up this list of tweets and statements from stars stunned by the loss.
Quincy Jones (Twitter): “Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.”
Ellen DeGeneres (Twitter): “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.”
Aretha Franklin: “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.”
Barbra Streisand: “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.”
Janet Jackson: “We will miss Donna Summer! She changed the world of music with her beautiful voice and incredible talent.”
Nicki Minaj (Twitter): “Wow, another legend gone. Rest in peace to the beautiful disco queen Donna Summer.”
Liza Minnelli: “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.”
Chaka Khan: “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.”
Gloria Gaynor: “She not only made her mark in my heart as well as others, but she forever changed the way 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.”
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