*The sudden death of Disco legend Donna Summer hit the music world hard.

But what many of us didn’t know is that the singer had cancer and how it was affecting her.

Even more, many of us didn’t know much about the woman who made people dance across floors around the globe. She kept her life pretty private.

But partner site, NewsOne, managed to develop a list of 12 things you may not know about her.

Here are 3 things you didn’t know. Check out the rest of the list at NewsOne:

1) Donna Summer’s actual name was LaDonna Adrian Gaines.  She married Austrian actor Helmuth Sommer in 1972, then divorced him three years later after he discovered that she’d had an affair with a German surrealist painter. Thereafter, she Anglicized her last name as “Summer.” [Source: Biography.com]

2) The sultry “Love to Love You Baby” recording artist had six siblings and was raised by staunch, take-no-mess, Christian parents in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  [Source: Wikipedia]

3) Since disco music was not on the horizon during the sixties, Summer aspired to follow in the musical footsteps of the Motown girl groups of the times.  She formed a group with a cousin and sister and they patterned themselves after the more popular singing groups of the times like The Supremes and Martha Reeves and The Vandellas.

Read more at NewsOne