Tina Turner Dead at 83

Tina Turner, an unforgettable soul singer, died on Wednesday at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, near Zurich. She was 83.

She had a stroke in recent years and was known to be struggling with a kidney disease and other illnesses, but a cause of death was not announced.

The Ike and Tina Turner Revue were invited by the Rolling Stones to open for them, first on a British tour in 1966 and then on an American tour in 1969. They reached their first number one hit in 1971 with their version of “Proud Mary,” and also earned a Grammy award.

While the Revue was a great success thanks to Mrs. Turner, the marriage was not. He was dictatorial, violent at times and, in the 1970s, hopelessly addicted to cocaine. 

In her 30s she escaped the abusive union, and her career faltered until the solo album “Private Dancer,” released in 1984, returned her to the spotlight.

Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on Nov. 26, 1939, in Brownsville, Tennessee, and spent early years on a farm in Nutbush, singing in a Baptist Church choir.

In 1991 she and Mr. Turner, in prison at the time for cocaine possession, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (She was inducted again as a solo artist in 2021.) She received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2005 and a Grammy lifetime achievement award in 2018.

New York Times

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