The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll Tina Turner has died at the age of eighty-three at her home in Switzerland.
Her death was announced by her team in a heartbreaking Instagram post.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner,” it began.
“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow.
“Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music.
“All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”
The Tennessee native’s career was one which helped to define an era of music. She first rose to fame with hits such as ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ in the 1960s. During this time, she worked heavily with her husband Ike, but the pair divorced in 1978 after a tumultuous marriage which was marred by his abuse.
By the 1980s, Turner made a huge comeback to the music industry. In 1984, her track ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ hit number 1 on the Billboard charts, and even went on to win the Grammy for Record of the Year. Aged forty-four, this track made her the oldest woman to ever top the Billboard 100.
Her career continued to flourish, with tracks such as ‘GoldenEye’, ‘The Best’ and ‘Better Be Good To Me’ seeing Turner stay in the charts. She even went on to star in movies, such as Tommy and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. In 2018, her life story was adapted into a jukebox musical called Tina.
Turner was known to have been suffering from a number of health issues, including having suffered cancer, a stroke and kidney failure in recent years.
A representative for the star confirmed to the Daily Mail that Turner died of natural causes.
However, prior to her death, Turner’s husband gave the star one of his kidneys so that she could live for longer.
She married German music executive Erwin Bach back in 2013, but sadly Turner suffered a stroke shortly after they married. In 2016 she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer, and tried homeopathy to relieve the effects of her treatment, but this only made things worse.
She suffered total kidney failure, and considered euthanasia, until Bach donated her one of his kidneys in 2017.
In her 2020 memoir Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good, Turner said of this: “I’m happy to say that, thanks to my beloved husband, Erwin, giving me one of his kidneys, the gift of life, I’m in good health and loving life every day.
“I’m also thankful that I’ve not only survived but thrived so that I can pass on to you this book containing precious gifts that were given to me – the greatest gifts I can offer,” she continued, as per People.
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