Rock Icon Tina Turner Has Died

The "Queen of Rock n' Roll" died at her home in Switzerland following a long illness

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BY Kaelen BellPublished May 24, 2023

The legendary Tina Turner — the singer-songwriter, actor, and author who changed the face of popular music — has died at 83 following an undisclosed illness.

Turner's family confirmed the news in a statement to Rolling Stone, writing that the iconic performer "died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland." Turner's family added: "With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model." 

Born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, TN, Tina Turner grew up singing in the church choir. She eventually relocated to St. Louis, MO, to live with her great-aunt, where she worked as a nurse's aide after graduating from high school. It was in St. Louis that she met Ike Turner in the East St. Louis nightlife scene. She began singing and recording with Turner, and the two would become famous for their incredible live performances. Turner recorded several hits alongside Ike, including 1966's "River Deep - Mountain High."

Turner released her first solo — Tina Turns the Country On! — in 1974. Four years later, she would divorce Ike Turner following years of drug addiction and severe abuse. The 1980s saw Turner stage an incredible comeback with her multi-platinum fifth solo album Private Dancer, which spawned the hit "What's Love Got to Do With It" and reinvigorated Turner's career. 

Turner published her bestselling memoir, I, Tina, in 1986 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Ike Turner in 1991. A musical based on her life and work, Tina: The Musical, opened in 2018. Another memoir, My Love Story, also arrived in 2018. In 2021, the documentary film TINA was released. 

Turner released nine studio albums, won 11 Grammys, and holds the record as the eighth best-selling female artist of all time across all genres.

Revisit "What's Love Got to Do With It" below. 

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