The renowned singer Tina Turner, also referred to as the “Queen of Rock n Roll,” has died.
According to reports, the 83-year-old passed away on May 24, Wednesday, at her home in Zurich, Switzerland.
The most recent information indicates that Tina Turner had been dealing with numerous health problems for a very long time.
Tina Turner received a diagnosis of intestinal cancer in 2016 and underwent a kidney transplant the following year.
Six months after the death of her youngest son Ronnie Turner from colon cancer, the seasoned vocalist also passed away.
The legendary singer’s demise was confirmed by her spokesperson and publicist Bernard Doherty, with an official statement that was released on Wednesday night.
“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. With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model,” reads the statement.
Tina Turner is survived by her children, Raymond Craig Turner, Ike Turner Jr, and Michael Turner.
Few stars traveled so far — she was born Anna Mae Bullock in a segregated Tennessee hospital and spent her latter years on a 260,000 square foot estate on Lake Zurich — and overcame so much.
Physically battered, emotionally devastated and financially ruined by her 20-year relationship with Ike Turner, she became a superstar on her own in her 40s, at a time when most of her peers were on their way down, and remained a top concert draw for years after.
With admirers ranging from Jagger to Beyonce to Mariah Carey, Turner was one of the world’s most popular entertainers, known for a core of pop, rock and rhythm and blues favorites: “Proud Mary,” “Nutbush City Limits,” “River Deep, Mountain High,” and the hits she had in the ’80s, among them “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”
Her trademarks included a growling contralto that might smolder or explode, her bold smile and strong cheekbones, her palette of wigs and the muscular, quick-stepping legs she did not shy from showing off.
She sold more than 150 million records worldwide, won 12 Grammys, was voted along with Ike into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 (and on her own in 2021 ) and was honored at the Kennedy Center in 2005, with Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey among those praising her.
Her life became the basis for a film, a Broadway musical and an HBO documentary in 2021 that she called her public farewell.