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Funeral For Donna Summer Held Wednesday In Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Music City said goodbye Wednesday to the "Queen of Disco." A private funeral was held for Donna Summer Wednesday afternoon in Nashville.

Summer died May 17 of lung cancer at age 63 in Naples, Florida.

"She created a sound that today still exists in dance music and electro music, so a good woman," said Marc Eliot, Co-Author of Donna Summer's Memoirs.

In the book Summer said at the height of her career, she struggled with anxiety and depression and even attempted suicide.  Then, she became a born again Christian, and moved to Nashville in the 1990s.

Hundreds of people attended the service at Christ Presbyterian Church in Forest Hills. Mourners included singer Tony Orlando and music producer, composer and songwriter David Foster.

Summer won five Grammys with songs like "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls".  She called Nashville home for many years.

"A true artist, a true singer and just overall a beautiful person," said Marcus Finnie, Drummer and Musician.

She was buried late Wednesday afternoon in Nashville at an undisclosed location.

Summer released her last album, "Crayons," in 2008. It was her first full studio album in 17 years. She also performed on "American Idol" that year with its top female contestants.

Summer is survived by her husband, Bruce Sudano, and three daughters, Brooklyn, Mimi and Amanda.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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