Tina Turner, the greatest diva in the history of mankind has died aged 83.
The news has been confirmed by her spokesperson via a statement.
“Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock’n Roll’ has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland,” the statement read. “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.”
With a career spanning over five decades, Tina Turner remains one of the best-selling recording artists. She was born Anna Mae Bullock and her parents divorced when she was very young leaving her and her sister with their grandmother. When she turned 19, Tina moved in with her mother and that’s when her talent got noticed.
Tina rose to fame when she started performing with her then-husband Ike Turner before she started a solo career.
Her energetic stage presence and her powerful vocal kept her on the top for many years. Tina’s songs “Private Dancer,” “What’s Love Got To Do,” “Proud Mary,” and many more are still huge hits and part of many generations’ lives.
She retired from singing some years ago, and sadly, she faced health issues during the final years of her life.
Dubbed the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Turner won six of her eight Grammy Awards in the 1980s.
Her first husband, Ike Turner, abused her, and he was the man she made some of the greatest hist with. Ike and Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. Phil Spector accepted the award on their behalf.
In 2019, a Broadway Musical honoring her life debuted with Tina in attendance.
In her book, Tina Turner: My Love Story, published two years ago, the singer spoke of her health struggles, among which her battle with intestinal cancer followed by kidney failure. “I began to think about death. If my kidneys were going, and it was time for me to die, I could accept that. It was OK. When it’s time, it’s really time. I didn’t mind the thought of dying, but I was concerned about how I would go,” she wrote.
After the successful surgery during which part of her colon was removed, she had a kidney transplant. Her donor was her husband Erwin Bach.
Tina leaves a legacy behind that will live on forever. May she rest in peace.
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