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Donna Summer dead at 63; Rush Limbaugh reacts

May 17, 2012 |  3:49 pm

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Donna Summer and Rush Limbaugh. A duo that could have been?

Limbaugh, it turns out, was a big fan of the "Queen of Disco."

Summer, who died Thursday at age 63, is being celebrated from all sectors of the entertainment industry on Twitter, Facebook, TV. Limbaugh's tribute came on his radio show.

PHOTOS: Donna Summer | 1948 - 2012

“It really is sad,” Limbaugh said of the five-time Grammy winner.  “We grew up with Donna Summer.  I met Donna Summer one time and her husband on an airplane.  She and her husband, after the flight took off, came up to me and introduced themselves, and we had a nice conversation.  They were nice as they could be.”

Limbaugh said he played her records often in his early days as a disc jockey and when he was producing Kansas City Royals games.

But even in death Limbaugh chose to see division rather than unison. 

“She was one of us,” Limbaugh said, noting that she was a "committed Christian."

"She was a right-winger," he told listeners. "She came to hate the smut on the radio.  She was not a fan of rap music at all."

Limbaugh closed the segment by calling Summer a "pioneer" in her field.

“There’s no question,” he said. 

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Donna Summer obituary

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— Jimmy Orr

Photos: Rush Limbaugh, left, pictured in 2009. Credit: Rob Carr / Associated Press. Donna Summer, right, at a 2007 concert. Credit: Rovert Vos / EPA.

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