Tina Turner dies at age 83 in Switzerland.
Tina Turner, the legendary singer renowned for her groundbreaking career, passed away peacefully on Wednesday at her home in Switzerland. She was 83 years old. The sad news was confirmed by her publicist, Erwin Bach, who disclosed that she had battled cancer for an extended period.
Born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, in 1939, Turner embarked on her musical journey in the early 1950s, captivating audiences alongside Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm. Their partnership extended beyond the stage, as they married in 1962 and had two children together.
As a duo, Turner and Ike experienced tremendous success, releasing a string of hit albums and singles, including the unforgettable tracks “River Deep – Mountain High” and “Proud Mary.” However, their relationship was marred by turbulence, leading to their separation in 1976 and ultimate divorce in 1978.
Following her separation from Ike, Turner forged an extraordinary solo career. Her inaugural solo album, “Rough,” debuted in 1978, laying the foundation for a meteoric rise. Over the years, she amassed an impressive collection of accolades, including eight Grammy Awards. Additionally, Turner showcased her acting prowess in the 1985 film “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.”
While she officially retired from the music industry in 2000, Turner occasionally delighted fans with performances during special events and tours. Her contributions to music were duly recognized when she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and received the esteemed Kennedy Center Honor in 2005.
Turner’s indomitable spirit and vocal prowess shattered barriers for women in the music industry. Her journey as a survivor of domestic violence served as an inspiration to countless individuals worldwide. As one of the most exceptional singers of all time, her legacy is etched in the annals of music history.
Beyond her musical endeavors, Turner dedicated herself to philanthropic causes. In 1995, she established the Tina Turner Foundation, which has made substantial contributions to charities such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), significantly impacting the lives of children in need.
Tina Turner’s unparalleled talent, unwavering strength, and compassion have left an indelible mark on the world. Her loss will be felt deeply by her adoring fans across the globe.