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Donna Summer: A Life in Pictures

As tributes flood in for Donna Summer, who succumbed to cancer at the age of 63 in Florida yesterday, we look back on the life of the extraordinary pop star, perhaps most poignantly summed up by Mary J. Blige as "truly a game changer."

Summer shook up the 70s music scene with disco hits such as Love To Love You Baby, which famously braved the inclusion of a 23-second faked orgasm and was banned by many radio stations, as well as classics like Hot Stuff, Last Dance and Bad Girls.

The five-time Grammy award winner is credited with inspiring stars such as the late Whitney Houston, Madonna and Michael Jackson, British music royalty David Bowie and modern stars like Beyonce and Rihanna. Her untimely death has shocked the music industry, with Summer keeping her illness a secret from everyone outside her close family.

Pay your tributes to the star on Twitter or in the comments section below.

Words: Anna Pollitt. Pictures: Rex Features.

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