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"Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Passes Away at 83: A Tribute to a Legendary Musical Icon"

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

Singer Tina Turner, whose hits like The Best and What's Love Got to Do With It made her a superstar, has died aged 83.
Singer Tina Turner, whose hits like The Best and What's Love Got to Do With It made her a superstar, has died aged 83 l Photo by BBC

Tina Turner, whose hits like The Best and What's Love Got to Do With It made her a superstar, has died aged 83. Turner has suffered a number of health problems in recent years, including cancer, stroke and kidney failure. She rose to fame alongside husband Ike in the 1960s with songs such as Proud Mary and River Deep, Mountain High. She divorced Ike the Cynical in 1978 and became more successful as a solo artist in 1980.

Tina Turner favourite song

Known as the Queen of Rock and Roll, Tina Turner is known for her evocative and energetic stage performances, as well as her powerful, raspy vocals. Her death was announced on her official Instagram page.

"With her music and her boundless passion for life, she has captivated millions of music fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow," the post said.

"Today we bid farewell to a dear friend who left behind her greatest contribution, her music."

Roger Davies, Turner's manager for 30 years, said in a statement, "Tina is a force of nature that is unique and astonishing with her strength, incredible energy and profusion of talent."

“From the first day I met her in 1980, she believed in herself with all her heart, when nobody believed then… I will miss her deeply,” he added.

American singer Gloria Gaynor, who rose to prominence in the 1960s, said Turner "paved the way for many women in rock music, black and white."

There were also praises from supermodel Naomi Campbell, basketball legend Magic Johnson and singers Kelly Rowland, Ciara and Debbie Harry from Blondie.

On Instagram, The Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger said that Turner was "inspirational, warm, funny and open-minded" and helped him when he was young.

Sir Elton John, who wrote in his autobiography about the heated argument they had while trying to work together in 1997, said she was "one of the most exciting and exciting actors of all time." word"

Biography of Tina Turner

Tina Turner was born in Tennessee into a family of joint planters. She became famous as one of the backing singers for her husband's band The Kings of Rhythm. She soon led the band, and the duo enjoyed commercial success with Fool in Love and It's Gonna Work Out Fine, which topped the US charts in the early '60s. Their other hits include 1973's Nutbush City Limits, about the small town where Tina was born.

...But Ike's physical and emotional abuse is taking its toll.

He changed her name from her birth name, Anna Mae Bullock, to Tina Turner, a decision he made without her knowledge that is one example of his controlling behavior.

She is happily married to her second husband, German music executive Erwin Bac, who began dating in the mid-'80s and married in 2013.

The couple live in Switzerland, where Turner received Swiss citizenship and donated a kidney to her in 2017 after discovering that she was suffering from kidney failure.

She also suffered the tragedy of losing her oldest son, Craig, to suicide in 2018. His father was Turner's former bandmate Raymond Hill.

Ronnie, another son whose father, Ike Turner, died in 2022. She also has two adopted children, Ike Jr. and Michael, Ike's children from a previous relationship.

Tina's life story was made into the 1993 biopic What's Love Got To Do With It, which earned Angela Bassett an Oscar nomination for her starring performance; and drama. The hit song was titled Tina: The Musical. She was also the subject of the 2021 HBO documentary Tina.

In a 2018 interview with Marie Claire South Africa, Turner said, "People think my life has been tough, but I think it's been a wonderful journey. The older you get, the more you realize that's not what happened. It depends on how you deal with it.


By Updated May 25, 2023 09.54 am TH

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