Queen of Rock n’ Roll Tina Turner Has Passed Away
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Legendary singer Tina Turner, renowned for her soul classics and pop hits such as “The Best” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” has died at the age of 83.
The tragic news was posted in her Facebook page:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. 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. (© Peter Lindbergh)
Tina Turner first rose to prominence in the 1960s, achieving recognition alongside her husband Ike. Together, they created timeless classics such as “Proud Mary” and “River Deep, Mountain High.”
After making the courageous decision to break free from her abusive relationship with Ike in 1978, Tina Turner experienced a remarkable surge of success as a solo artist in the subsequent years.
Renowned as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Turner mesmerized audiences with her captivating stage presence, alluring performances, and a distinctive, resonant voice.
Throughout her illustrious journey, Turner accumulated an impressive collection of accolades, including eight Grammy Awards. She achieved the extraordinary feat of being inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame twice: first in 1991, alongside Ike, and later in 2021 as a solo artist. This honor recognized Turner’s profound impact, challenging societal perceptions of what a Black woman could accomplish on stage, emerging as a symbol of strength and artistic depth.
Tina Turner’s influence reverberated through generations, inspiring and leaving an indelible mark on younger stars like Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Janelle Monáe, and Rihanna.
In her personal life, Tina Turner discovered happiness alongside her second spouse, Erwin Bach, a German music executive. Their love story commenced in the mid-1980s and reached its pinnacle with their marriage ceremony in 2013.
Taking up residence in Switzerland, Tina Turner embraced Swiss citizenship and, in 2017, faced a critical moment when she experienced kidney failure. In a selfless act, her husband donated his kidney to her, demonstrating their unwavering love and support.
However, amidst both triumph and adversity, Turner also encountered heartbreak. In 2018, her eldest son, Craig, tragically took his own life. Craig’s father was Raymond Hill, Turner’s former bandmate. Additionally, in 2022, she mourned the loss of her son Ronnie, whose father was Ike Turner. Alongside these challenges, Turner had two adopted sons, Ike Jr. and Michael, from Ike’s previous relationship.
The extraordinary narrative of Tina Turner’s life inspired the 1993 biographical film “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” which garnered Angela Bassett an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of the legendary singer. Furthermore, her remarkable legacy was celebrated in the successful stage musical “Tina: The Musical.” In 2021, HBO released the documentary “Tina,” offering an in-depth exploration of her remarkable journey.
Reflecting on the ups and downs of her life, Tina Turner shared her perspective in a 2018 interview with Marie Claire South Africa, stating, “People may perceive my life as challenging, but I see it as a wonderful journey. As you grow older, you realize that it’s not about what happened to you, but rather how you confront and overcome those experiences.”