She was a legend, a trailblazer, a survivor. She was Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, who passed away on May 24, 2023 at the age of 83. Her death was confirmed by her family, who said she died of natural causes at her home in Switzerland.
Turner’s life and career were marked by highs and lows, triumphs and tragedies. She rose to fame in the 1960s as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, a dynamic duo that electrified audiences with their soulful vocals and explosive stage presence. But behind the scenes, she endured years of physical and emotional abuse from her husband and musical partner, Ike Turner, whom she divorced in 1978.
In the 1980s, Turner staged one of the most remarkable comebacks in music history, reinventing herself as a solo artist and achieving global success with hits like “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, “Private Dancer”, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and “The Best”. She won 12 Grammy Awards, sold over 200 million records worldwide, and became a symbol of resilience and empowerment for millions of fans.
Turner also ventured into acting, starring in films like Tommy and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. She published two autobiographies, I, Tina: My Life Story and My Love Story, which revealed her personal struggles and joys. She married her longtime partner, Erwin Bach, in 2013 and became a Swiss citizen. She retired from performing in 2009, after completing her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour.
Turner’s legacy will live on through her music, her influence and her spirit. She was an icon who inspired generations of artists and listeners with her voice, her style and her courage. She was simply the best.
RIP my dear @tinaturner I'll be forever grateful for you bringing me on tour, going in the studio together and most of all, being your friend. Thank you for being the inspiration to millions of people around the world for speaking your truth and giving us the gift of your… pic.twitter.com/KfD83r86rv
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) May 25, 2023