Infamous brothel owner dies aged 77

SA political candidate Stormy Summers 29 Jan 2002.
Beloved brothel owner Stormy Summers has died aged 77.

An infamous brothel owner who pushed to legalise sex work and even ran for lord mayor of Adelaide has died.

Stormy Summers is understood to have died after a short illness at Lyell McEwin Hospital on Sunday, just three days before her 78th birthday.

Brothel owner madam Adelaide City Council Lord Mayoral candidate Stormy Summers  and car outside Adelaide Town Hall 09 Mar 2000.
Beloved brothel owner Stormy Summers has died aged 77.

Ms Summers was one of the city’s most famous madams and a controversial character with alleged underworld links and run-ins with police.

Close friend Martin Herren told The Advertiser on Tuesday news of Ms Summer’s death had come as a shock.

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Ms Summers pictured in 1986.

“I spent three hours with her on Saturday night and she appeared to be on the mend. I’m heartbroken,” he said.

Aside from her political tilt, Ms Summers was also well known by her black BMW fitted with the number plates “STORMY”.