Legendary singer Tina Turner dies aged 83

Tina Turner, one of the greatest rock’n ’roll singers of all time, has died in Switzerland at the age of 83.

“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,” her publicist said in a statement.

“With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.”

The singer rose to prominence performing with her husband Ike Turner in the 1960s before overcoming the abusive marriage to go on to become a chart-topping solo artist.

Turner earned a legion of fans for her riveting live performances, and was best known for songs such as “Private Dancer”, “The Best”, “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and “Proud Mary”.

Born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November, 1939, in Nutbush, Tennessee, Turner would go on to sell more than 180 million albums and won 12 Grammy Awards.

Turner was diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and received a kidney transplant in 2017.

Stars of the entertainment world including Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams, Rosario Dawson, Paloma Faith and Naomi Campbell paid tribute to the iconic singer.


Gasps and tears as stars of Tina Turner West End musical break news of her death

According to audience accounts in the Mail, the auditorium at London’s Aldwych Theatre was filled with “gasps” when the stars came out and broke the news to the crowd during a performance on Wednesday night.

Lead actor Zurin Villanueva was reportedly seen crying as she helped deliver the news to fans, before the show resumed for its second half.

The statement from the cast was “poignant” and “sombre”, theatregoers said, with the show reflecting the idea that Turner herself “would have wanted the show to go on”.

News of the “What’s Love Got to Do with It” singer’s death was first announced by her representative in a statement.

“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,” the statement read.

“My beloved queen, I love you endlessly,” Beyonce wrote in a message on her official website. “I’m so grateful for your inspiration, and all the ways you have paved the way.

“You are strength and resilience. You are the epitome of power and passion. We are all so fortunate to have witnessed your kindness and beautiful spirit that will forever remain.

“Thank you for all you have done.”

Roisin O’Connor25 May 2023 07:45


‘We say goodbye to a dear friend’

A tribute on Tina Turner’s official social media accounts has hailed the singer’s “boundless passion for life”.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner,” the post said.

“With her music and boundless passion for life, she enchanted fans worldwide and inspired future stars. We say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us her greatest work; her music. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”

Bevan Hurley25 May 2023 11:00


Tina Turner‘s “What’s Love Got to Do With It” has reached no. 1 on US iTunes.

Peony Hirwani25 May 2023 10:30


‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’ singer dies aged 83

Tina Turner, the queen of rock’n’roll behind hits such as “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, has died aged 83 at her home in Switzerland.

The Independent’s Isobel Lewis look back at her remarkable 60-year music career.

Bevan Hurley25 May 2023 10:00


Tina Turner at Köln Lanxess Arena – 2009 review

A nice find from one of my colleagues is this 2009 feature on the top moments for our then-culture critics.

The late, great Andy Gill attended Tina Turner’s show at the Köln Lanxess Arena, and wrote:

A lesson in how superstars should tackle valedictory spectaculars, Tina Turner’s show contained all the eye-catching effects, from cantilevering stages and flame-throwers to troupes of well-drilled hoofers, but the headliner’s extraordinary energy and the effortless soul power of her voice were the most impressive aspects of the performance.

Roisin O’Connor25 May 2023 09:45


US Vice President Kamala Harris pays tribute to late Tina Turner

US Vice President Kamala Harris has paid tribute to the late Tina Turner.

“Tina Turner was a spectacular light whose life was a testament to all those who believe in what can be, unburdened by what has been,” she wrote on Twitter.

“From Nutbush, TN to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, her strength, voice, and signature moves inspired millions. Tina Turner was simply the best.”

Peony Hirwani25 May 2023 09:30


Tina Turner’s moving words on why she turned down ‘The Color Purple’ role

In a 1986 interview with Luce Cinecitta, Turner spoke movingly about why she turned down the leading role of Celie, a Black woman living in the 1900s South, in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, telling interviewer and Italian television host Serena Dandini that it reflected “too much back on my life with my ex-husband”, the late Ike Turner, who was violent and abusive to her during their marriage.

“I mean, I’m talking always to the press about my life and now to do a movie? I’m just dragging myself down,” she said. “I’m trying to forget the past because it’s done. It’s over. I finished that part of my life, and I’m not going to do a part that will remind me of what I’ve lived already. I think Steve understood that I couldn’t do it for that reason, finally, after I really expressed what it was.”

The part ultimately went to Whoopi Goldberg and earned her an Oscar nomination.

Ellie Harrison25 May 2023 09:25


Tina Turner nearly didn’t sing GoldenEye theme

In 1995, Tina Turner recorded one of her best known songs as she performed the titular theme for GoldenEyePierce Brosnan’s first outing as 007 agent Bond.

However, Turner very nearly wasn’t the voice of “GoldenEye”, after originally dismissing a “really rough” demo sent to her by the track’s songwriters, U2’s Bono and The Edge.

The Independent’s Isobel Lewis has the full story below.

Bevan Hurley25 May 2023 09:00


Dionne Warwick pays tribute to ‘longtime friend’ Tina Turner

Dionne Warwick has paid tribute to her “longtime friend” Tina Turner.

“Another longtime friend has made her transition,” she wrote on Twitter. “Not only will I miss that eternal ball of energy named Tina Turner but the entire world will also find this void in their lives.

“My condolences to her husband and other members of her family. Rest in Peace my friend!”

Peony Hirwani25 May 2023 08:30


Turner shared way she wants to be remembered in final interview weeks before her death

Tina Turner shared way she wants to be remembered in reflective final interview weeks before her death

Tina Turner shared the way she wants to be remembered in her final interview released one month before her death on Wednesday, aged 83.

Six weeks ago, Turner took part in her last interview with The Guardian as part of the paper’s The Q&A column.

The singer gave moving answers to a question about her greatest fear, saying: “I never want to go back; I fought so much through my life, that I have to keep going forward.”

However, her most poignant comment came when asked how she would like to be remembered.

“As the Queen of Rock’n’Roll,” Turner replied.

“As a woman who showed other women that it is OK to strive for success on their own terms.”

The Independent’s Isobel Lewis has the full story.

Bevan Hurley25 May 2023 08:00

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