The US president said in a statement that he and First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama feel sombre after hearing that the singer had passed away on Thursday (May 17) aged 63.
"Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Donna Summer," Obama's statement began.
The political leader went on to describe the 'I Feel Love' singer's vocal offerings as "unforgettable", and added that he is thinking of her relatives and fans of her music.
"A five-time Grammy Award winner, Donna truly was the 'Queen of Disco'," Obama continued. "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."
Summer had reportedly battled lung cancer.
A statement from the musician's family read: "Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith.
"While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can't express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time."
Watch Donna Summer perform 'I Feel Love' below:
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