Early in the day another fire broke out at the earthquake-crippled facility, which has sent low levels of radiation wafting into Tokyo in the past 24 hours, triggering fear in the capital and international alarm.
Workers were trying to clear debris to build a road so that fire trucks could reach reactor No.
Summer came to prominence just as disco was burgeoning, and came to define the era with a string of No. Disco became as much defined by her sultry, sexual vocals – her bedroom moans and sighs – as the relentless, pulsing rhythms of the music itself.
Summers, real name La Donna Gaines, is best know for her string of 70s hits, including I Feel Love, Last Dance and Bad Girls.
She was a five-time Grammy Award winner and the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart. 1 singles in a 13-month period, according to the Rock Hall of Fame, where she was a nominee this year.
A helicopter flew to the site to drop water into the No. 4, where the fire broke out, as “not so good.” Nuclear experts said the solutions being proposed to quell radiation leaks at the complex were last-ditch efforts to stem what could well be remembered as one of the world’s worst industrial disasters.
3 reactor — whose roof was damaged by an earlier explosion and where steam was seen rising earlier in the day — to try to cool its fuel rods. “This is a slow-moving nightmare,” said Dr Thomas Neff, a research affiliate at the Center for International Studies, which is part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She was raised on gospel music and became the soloist in her church choir by age 10. ‘Prayers will be said to keep them strong.’ Summer released her last album, Crayons, in 2008. She also performed on American Idol that year with its top female contestants. The couple also had another daughter together, Amanda.
Dionne Warwick: ‘My heart goes out to her husband and her children. She had a daughter, Mimi, from a previous marriage.
Soon after, Summer became a born-again Christian and faced controversy when she was accused of making anti-gay comments in relation to the AIDS epidemic.
Summer denied making the comments, but was the target of a boycott. During the disco era she burned up the charts: She was the only artist to have three consecutive double-LPs hit No. Her diverse sound helped her earn Grammy Awards in the dance, rock, R&B and inspirational categories.
She suffered serious depression in the wake of September 11 terrorist attacks in New York.
‘I was really freaked out by the horrific experiences of that day,’ Summer, who was at her Manhattan apartment during the 2001 attacks, once said.
Unlike some other stars of disco who faded as the music became less popular, Summer was able to grow beyond it and later segued to a pop-rock sound.