Stars Who Lost Their Battle With Cancer

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Gone Too Soon

Disco queen Donna Summer passed away from lung cancer Thursday morning. She was 63. Best known for her soaring vocals on hits including "Last Dance" and “She Works Hard for the Money,” the five-time Grammy award winner is one of many Black stars to succumb to the disease in recent years. BET.com looks back at other notables who left us too soon because of cancer. —Britt Middleton

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