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Donna Summer's death 'may have been caused by 9-11 dust'

May 18, 2012 - London

Disco legend Donna Summer's lung cancer, which ultimately led to her death in Florida on Thursday, is said to have been triggered by toxic dust from the 9/11 attacks.

The 'I Feel Love singer' was in New York when al-Qaeda destroyed the Twin Towers in 2001.

She had been in her nearby apartment when the deadly cloud containing asbestos, lead and mercury filled the sky after the al-Qaeda jet hijack atrocity in 2001.

The singer, who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s, is thought to have believed that breathing it triggered her cancer.

"I was really freaked out by the horrific experiences of that day," the Sun quoted her as speaking of her trauma.

"I couldn't go out, I didn't want to talk to anybody. I had to keep the blinds down and stay in my bedroom. I went to church and light came back into my soul. That heaviness was gone," she had said.

Donna also had a premonition fanatics would target New York a month before it happened.

"My husband and I were walking down the street. I had this feeling. I said, 'Honey, I feel like terrorism, high on top of the buildings'," she recalled in 2008.

"I knew something was going to happen. When it did, I flipped out," she had said.

The attacks killed around 3,000 people on the day. But the toxic legacy of 9/11 is still claiming lives more than ten years later.

It is believed that around 1,000 people exposed to the dust have died - 350 of them from cancer.

And cancer rates among police officers who attended the scene have tripled. Another study found 60,720 people were at risk after inhaling dust and fumes.


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