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President Obama Remembers Donna Summer: "Her Voice Was Unforgettable"

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Donna Summer's musical influence went all the way to the top.

"Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Donna Summer," President Barack Obama said in a statement today regarding the disco legend's death from cancer at 63. 

"A five-time Grammy Award winner, Donna truly was the 'Queen of Disco.'  Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Donna's family and her dedicated fans."

Amen, sir.

And the tributes are still pouring in from Summer's friends and fellow entertainers of all stripes.

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"I mourn Donna Summer's death but celebrate her life," tweeted Newark Mayor Cory Booker. "She shared her gifts with the world and left it enriched by her artistic genius."

"I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Donna Summer," said American Idol champ Kris Allen, who sang "She Works Hard for the Money" during his winning season. "I didn't get to meet her in person, but I did have the privilege of singing one of her songs on Idol and it was one of my favorite songs to perform on the show. The music world has lost a legend and she will be greatly missed."

"RIP Donna Summer. glorious disco Goddess," added Allen's runner-up, Adam Lambert.

"Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade," tweeted Quincy Jones.

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"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," noted Ellen DeGeneres.

Tweeted Taraji P. Henson: "*singing* "She works hard for the money so you better treat her right" - Donna Summer RIP to the disco diva. Aaaawww man....*tears*"

"Rest in peace, Donna Summer. You worked hard for the money, hot stuff. Now go to MacArthur's Park and get that cake out of the rain," wrote Broadway star Lea Salonga.

"When I was starting I toured frequently with Donna Summer as her opening act, I'll never forget the sheer power of her voice or her kindness," Gary Shandling remembered.

"So sad about Donna Summer," Nicole Scherzinger tweeted. "My prayers and condolences to her family. We love you queen of disco. I know ur shining down on us from heaven."

"Wow, another legend gone. Rest in peace to the beautiful disco queen Donna Summer," Nicki Minaj wrote.

"Deepest sympathies go out to Donna Summer's family today. We lost the soundtrack of the 70's..never forgotten," Vanessa Williams wrote.

"Responsible for ALL disco / house style music including American Boy," Estelle noted. "Thank you for doing it so I could do it. #RIPDiscoQueen."

"Big loss 2 day w/ Donna Summer passing," added Pitbull, who also linked to her tune "I Feel Love."

"36 years on and nobody ever made a better record than I feel love. RIP Donna Summer," tweeted the band Ladytron.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Donna Summer's family," wrote Reba McEntire. "I will miss her but she will live on thru all her wonderful music!"

"Another one of my vocal idols has passed... RIP Donna Summer," mourned Fergie.

"'... Last dance , last chance , for love' - Donna Summer/ goddess," quoted Erykah Badu.

"The queen of disco may have passed on but Donna Summer's legacy will live on forever! Tonight my las tdance [sic] is in honor of you!" added Kelly Osbourne.

"Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer!It's the end of an era.Peace& prayers 2 all who loved her," tweeted Gloria Estefan.

"Very sad news, about Donna Summer. R.I.P!" tweeted Boy George.

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"Oh no. :-( we lost another legend. RIP Donna Summer. So sad," wrote Naya Rivera.

"So sad about Donna Summer!!" Watch What Happens Now host Andy Cohen tweeted. "The Queen of Disco will forever bring me joy w/ her booming, beautiful, optimistic voice."

"Donna Summer RIP. I promise to do u proud," Kristin Chenoweth vowed.

"My deepest condolences got out to the family of Donna Summer regarding the passing of a true legend," wrote Bret Michaels.

Offered a candid Slash: "RIP Donna Summer. She was the Queen of Disco no doubt. Although I pretty much loathed Disco, I always thought she was pretty cool."

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