Following the news of Donna Summer’s passing, celebrities from all genres and generations took to Twitter to share their feelings with their fans and the world. A number of her fellow divas tweeted some moving tributes in 140 characters or less.
We will miss Donna Summer! She changed the world of music with her beautiful voice and incredible talent.
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) May 17, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to Donna Summer’s family.I will miss her but she will live on thru all her wonderful music!
— Reba McEntire (@reba) May 17, 2012
Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer! It’s the end of an era. Peace & prayers 2 all who loved her. I will miss her!
— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) May 17, 2012
#TootTootHeyBeepBeep RIP Donna Summer
— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) May 17, 2012
I can’t believe we’ve lost another wonderful singer. Donna, like Whitney, had one of the greatest voices ever…
— Dolly Parton (@Dolly_Parton) May 17, 2012
Some of today’s most popular R&B artists weighed in as well.
Donna Summer. Icon! Legend! Her voice! Her spirit! Rest In peace, you truly inspired me! I love you! instagr.am/p/KvMnmlv-TQ/
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) May 17, 2012
Wow, another legend gone. Rest in peace to the beautiful disco queen Donna Summer.
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 17, 2012
Marc Almond, the leader of synth-pop group Soft Cell pointed out just how influential Summer’s body of work was to electronic music.
Donna Summer’s work with Georgio Moroder changed the face of music and changed my life.
— Marc Almond (@MarcAlmond) May 17, 2012
Two of the most successful popular music producers of all time also offered their thoughts:
Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer.Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) May 17, 2012
In 30 minutes I have sound check. I proud that I have a job where I can HONOR this music. Donna Summer RIP you paved the way for me
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) May 17, 2012
Garry Shandling and Kristin Chenoweth offered their personal takes on her passing:
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
— Garry Shandling (@GarryShandling) May 17, 2012
Donna Summer RIP. I promise to do u proud.
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) May 17, 2012
A number of other musicians weighed in as well:
Disco has lost a legend; a stupendous voice that could do anything.Rest in peace, Donna Summer.
— Paul Shaffer (@paulshaffer) May 17, 2012
woah! donna summer gone to the great beyond !!! chuck brown then donna summer they’re gonna be dancing in heaven!!! i love donna summer RIP
— Flea (@flea333) May 17, 2012
Donna Summer. Man I can’t believe this— like “My Baby Understands” was on my workout playlist this morning! This MORNING! God…I just…
— Questo of The Roots (@questlove) May 17, 2012
Rip Donna Summer. Thanks for the all time great disco jams.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) May 17, 2012
My deepest condolences got out to the family of Donna Summer regarding the passing of a true legend. #donnasummer
— bretmichaels (@bretmichaels) May 17, 2012
What are your memories of Donna Summer and her music? Let us know in the comments section below.
– Brian Ives, CBS Local