Donna Summer, the “Queen of Disco” who died on Thursday from lung cancer at the age of 63, believed that she contracted the disease after inhaling toxic dust from the collapsed Twin Towers on 9/11.
Summer had talked at length about the traumatising effects of 9/11, revealing in a 2008 interview how she had suffered severe depression following the attacks. She also reportedly told friends that she believed the toxic dust, which contained 2,500 contaminants, including known carcinogens such as asbestos, lead, mercury and dioxin, caused her lung cancer.
The website TMZ cites sources close to the singer who confirm that Summer, a Manhattan resident, became extremely concerned about breathing the air in the months following 9/11, when she would
constantly spray some sort of disinfectant in the air. Deney Terrio, the host of ‘Dance Fever’, tells us … when he was around Donna post 9/11, she would hang silk sheets in her dressing room to prevent dust from coming in.
If exposure to toxic 9/11 dust did indeed kill Summer, she would not be the only victim.
Whilst offical figures suggest that 55 first responders have died of cancer, and 75 people diagnosed with the disease after exposure to Ground Zero toxins, such figures are likely to be massively underestimated. It is suspected that deaths and serious illnesses have been vastly underrated, due to the limited funding provided for health monitoring of responders.
from resist radio; Did Donna Summer Die From 9/11 Toxic Dust?
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If exposure to toxic 9/11 dust did indeed kill Summer, she would not be the only victim. Whilst offical figures suggest that 55 first responders have died of cancer, and 75 people diagnosed with the disease after exposure to Ground Zero toxins, such figures are likely to be massively underestimated. It is suspected that deaths and serious illnesses have been vastly underrated, due to the limited funding provided for health monitoring of responders, 911Research.comdetailing how the
federal government allocated only $125 million for the responders in its $21.4 billion federal aid package passed in 2002. Of the estimated 40,000 Ground Zero workers, only 16,000 had been screened by the Mount Sinai World Trade Center Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program by mid-2006.
Some 18,000 people claim to have fallen ill, with respiratory problems being the primary issue. Most shocking of all is the fact that those who are ill were led by authorities to believe, in the immediate aftermath of the collapses, that the Manhattan air was safe to breathe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assured New Yorkers that the dust did not pose a health risk, even issuing five press releases within 10 days of the attack containing such assurances.
In August 2003 a US government coverup was exposed, when EPA Inspector General Nikki Tinsley issued a report admitting that the reassurances had been unfounded, and that the agency’s statements had been influenced by the National Security Council, under the direction of the White House. The EPA had been told to “add reassuring statements and delete cautionary ones.” A futher report by the Sierra Club in 2004 provided more damning details about the official coverup and alleged gross malfeasance on the part of not only the EPA, but also FEMA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The 2004 report detailed how the EPA failed to investigate and disclose toxic hazards properly, how the federal government failed to change its safety assurances even after it became clear that people were getting ill, and how EPA, FEMA and New York City’s own health department told families that they could clean up the contaminated dust themselves with wet rags.
As the years pass, such official malfeasance and outright criminality will no doubt result in many more suffering Donna Summer’s tragic fate.