Donna Summer Dies: Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin Mourn Her Passing

From left: Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand

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updated 05/17/2012 AT 6:05 PM ET

originally published 05/17/2012 AT 6:45 PM ET

Following the sad news on Thursday that disco legend Donna Summer lost her battle with cancer, celebrity fans have expressed their appreciation for the singer.

“So shocking to hear about the passing of Donna Summer,” Aretha Franklin said in a statement. “In the ’70s, she reigned over the disco era and kept the disco jumping. Who will forget, ‘Last Dance?’ [She was] a fine performer and a very nice person.”

Barbra Streisand said she was “shocked” to hear about the death of Summer, 63, who never let on to the public that she was so sick.

“She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago,” Streisand said Thursday. “I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented. It’s so sad.”


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