After achieving an iconic career in music, American-Swiss singer and actress Tina Turner passed away at the age of 83 on Wednesday.
Turner’s representatives disclosed that she died at her residence in Küsnacht, Switzerland, after battling a long-standing illness. Turner had struggled with a series of health problems, such as intestinal cancer, a stroke, and kidney failure, in her later life. The singer’s team paid tribute to her illustrious career in a heartfelt message on Instagram.
Born Anna Mae Bullock in rural Tennessee, Turner started her career as a blues singer at nightclubs while she was still a teenager. Known as the Queen of Rock’ n’ Roll, the artiste first gained popularity in the 1960s as part of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue.
However, her life with her husband, Ike, was plagued with repeated abuse, and she divorced him in 1978 after years of domestic violence. After stepping back from the spotlight, Turner made a remarkable comeback, achieving massive success as a solo artist with her album Private Dancer, which featured hits such as What’s Love Got To Do With It.
Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and officially retired in 2009. She married her second husband, German music producer Erwin Bach, in 2013.
Throughout her career, the Proud Mary singer appeared in multiple films, sold more than 200 million albums, and won 12 Grammy Awards. Turner leaves behind a musical legacy that continues to inspire artistes today.