Tina Turner, ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, Dies Aged 83 in Switzerland; What Happened – Explained
Tina Turner – one of rock’s great vocalists and most charismatic performers – has died aged 83.
In a statement, her spokesperson said: “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.”
The US-born star was one of rock’s iconic singers, known for her electric on-stage presence and hits including The Best, Proud Mary, Private Dancer and What’s Love Got to Do With It.
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Among the first to pay tribute were Mick Jagger, Bette Midler, Bryan Adams, the White House and Gloria Gaynor.
“She was truly an enormously talented performer and singer,” said Rolling Stones frontman Jagger.
“She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her.”
Midler called her an “absolutely brilliant performer and inspiration to us all”.
Turner found fame in the 1960s alongside ex-husband Ike Turner, with the classic River Deep, Mountain High among their repertoire.
The domestic abuse Ike subjected her to – and her struggle to get break free – was documented in a 1993 Hollywood film starring Angela Bassett, which won three Oscars.
Turner’s life story was also immortalised in a popular West End show that is still running.