The Queen of Disco Donna Summer, who died on Thursday from complications from lung cancer, and inspired many Latino artists including legendary singers Selena Quintanilla and Gloria Estefan.
Selena may be known for the stamp she left in Tejano music, but the 23-year-old is also remembered for the disco medley she sang at her last performance before her tragic death, where she sang a rendition of Donna Summer's “Last Dance” and “On the Radio.”
Then there was Jennifer Lopez, who became a star when she played Selena in the self-titled movie. Who could ever forget the scene where JLO played Selena singing Summer’s songs, wearing glittered out maroon bell bottoms, at the Houston Astrodome?
Another Latina music icon, Gloria Estefan, took to Twitter and her website to mourn Summer.
“Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer,” Estefan posted on her Twitter and webpage.
“It's the end of an era.”
“Peace & prayers 2 all who loved her,” she added. “I will miss her!”
Summer died in Naples Fla., her family said. She was 63.
"Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith," the family said in a statement.
The five-time Grammy winner had tried to keep her illness private and was continuing her work on a new album, a person close to the artist told TMZ.
Summer, known for hits such as "Last Dance," "Bad Girls" and "Love to Love You Baby," was married to singer and producer Bruce Sudano, with whom she had two daughters.
She also had another daughter from her first marriage with Helmuth Sommer, as well as four grandchildren.