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Tina Turner dies at the age of 83

By Philip Spittle - IMG_1645, CC BY 2.0,

Tina Turner has died at the age of 83.

Her spokesperson said that the "Queen of Rock'n Roll" died peacefully today after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland.

The American-born singer, dancer, actress and author rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue before launching a successful career as a solo performer.

Turner began her career with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm in 1957.

In 2018 Turner revealed that she had suffered multiple life-threatening illnesses. In 2013 she suffered a stroke and had to learn to walk again. In 2016, she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer.

Hypertension resulted in damage to her kidneys and eventual kidney failure. Her chances of receiving a kidney were low, and she was urged to start dialysis. She considered assisted suicide and signed up to be a member of Exit but Bach offered to donate a kidney for her transplant. Turner had kidney transplant surgery on April 7, 2017.

She was married to Ike Turner in 1962 and divorced in 1978. In 2013 she married Erwin Bach. Turner had four children.


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