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Donna Summer dies: Reports of public memorial inaccurate, says publicist

Fans Richard Sanchez, left, and Daniel Moore sit at Donna Summer's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday. (Nick Ut/AP)

TMZ reported that a public memorial service for Summer had been planned for Wednesday in Nashville, a city she made her home in 1994. But Summer’s publicist Brian Edwards told Celebritology via e-mail that “reports of a public memorial are not accurate.”

Edwards said “final details” about a memorial service are not available at this time.

Summer died from cancer in Naples, Fla., Edwards told the Associated Press. Her family released a statement (via ABC News), saying, “While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can't express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”

Read more about Summer’s life and extraordinary career below.

Post obituary: Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dies at 63; singer influenced many performers

The Root DC: Summer’s songs defined a new freedom

Celebritology: A tribute to “She Works Hard for the Money”

View Photo Gallery: Her pulsing anthems such as “Last Dance” and “Bad Girls” became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex, drugs and dance.


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