The legendary icon, Tina Turner, died Wednesday in her Küsnacht home near Zurich, Switzerland. The singer was 83 years old and died peacefully after a long-term illness, according to her representative.
The news was confirmed on the singer’s official social media pages.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow,” the statement read. “Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music.
Turner’s U.K. spokesperson also remembered the superstar in a separate statement
“With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model,” Bernard Doherty wrote.
The Life of Tina Turner
Fondly known as “The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Turner has left behind quite the legacy. Born Anna Mae Bullock, the singer was raised in Nutbush, Tennessee. She is best known for her powerful vocals, electrifying stage presence, and her remarkable career spanning over six decades. Her dynamic stage presence and raw, soulful voice captivated audiences worldwide. She even ventured into acting. Turner appeared in films such as “Tommy,” and “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.” “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” a film based on Turner’s life story, was released in 1993 with Angela Bassett playing the lead role. Turner’s incredible success and resilience have made her one of the greatest female performers in the history of popular music.
She is survived by two adult sons and her husband Erwin Bach. The pair married in 2013 after years of friendship.
In what is considered the last interview of her lifetime with The Guardian, Turner shared how she wanted to be remembered.
“As the Queen of Rock’n’Roll, she explained. “As a woman who showed other women that it is OK to strive for success on their own terms.”