Who was Tina Turner? Who was she married to and how did she die? Learn all there is to know.
Tina Turner – one of rock’s great vocalists and most charismatic performers – has died aged 83. Her spokesperson said: “Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland.
The US-born star was one of rock’s iconic singers, known for her electric stage presence and hits including The Best, Proud Mary, Private Dancer and What’s Love Got to Do With It. Among the first to pay tribute were Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Elton John, Diana Ross, Bette Midler and Giorgio Armani. “She was truly an enormously talented performer and singer,” said Rolling Stones frontman Jagger. “She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her.”
Turner previously had intestinal cancer and suffered a stroke, revealing in 2018 that her husband had donated a kidney to save her life as she contemplated assisted suicide. Her manager of 30 years, Roger Davies, called her “a unique and remarkable force of nature with her strength, incredible energy and immense talent” and said he would miss her deeply.
Who was Tina Turner married to?
Tina Turner was married to Ike Turner in what was an infamous marriage.
Turner found fame in the 1960s alongside ex-husband Turner, with the classics River Deep, Mountain High and Nutbush City Limits among their hits. The domestic abuse Ike subjected her to – and her struggle to break free – was documented in a 1993 film starring Angela Bassett, which won three Oscars. Turner’s life story was also immortalised in a popular West End show that is still running.
The singer’s popularity waned by the end of the 1970s and her days in the limelight appeared over, with Turner mainly playing the cabaret circuit as a heritage act. However, her career was dramatically resurrected in 1983 when a cover of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together became a huge hit. Her loss will certainly affect the musical industry in more ways than one.
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