Update 05/25/2023 3:24pm:
A rep for Tina Turner revealed to the Daily Mail that the iconic singer died of natural causes at her home in Küsnach near Zurich, Switzerland.
It was revealed on Wednesday (May 24) that Turner died peacefully in her home at the age of 83. Before her death, Turner was open about her health struggles, including when she started experiencing a decline in 2013 after marrying Erwin Bach. Just weeks after their wedding, the singer suffered a stroke that left her unable to walk.
In a 2018 interview with Oprah, Turner explained, "When I came back from my honeymoon, I was determined to find out what was causing a painful feeling in my chest. I went to the hospital, and two days later, the stroke came. That was the beginning of the sickness."
Turner was then diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016. This is when doctors told her that both of her kidneys were failing and only working at 20%, which is when she considered legal assisted suicide in Switzerland. However, her husband, Erwin Bach, donated one of his kidneys, which prolonged Turner's life.
Just two months before her death, Turner opened up about regrets she had about not taking better care of her kidneys in an Instagram post on March 9.
The post read, "Today is International World Kidney Day. Why is it important? Because kidneys fail without pain. And that's why I'm telling you today: Show your kidneys love! They deserve it. My kidneys are victims of my not realizing that my high blood pressure should have been treated with conventional medicine. I have put myself in great danger by refusing to face the reality that I need daily, lifelong therapy with medication. For far too long I believed that my body was an untouchable and indestructible bastion."
Source: Daily Mail
Original 05/24/2023 3:22pm:
Legendary entertainer Tina Turner has passed away at the age of 83 following a long illness. Turner passed away in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, according to her representative.
A statement was released on Turner's official Facebook page, which read, "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. Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly."
Turner was discovered by Ike Turner when she was just 17, and the two later married. Ike and Tina had hits such as "River Deep – Mountain High" and "Proud Mary" while performing as the duo Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Tina and Ike had a tumultuous marriage that ended in 1976, and their divorce was finalized two years later.
Tina went on to become a highly successful solo artist with Top 40 hits like "What's Love Got to Do with It," "Typical Male," "The Best," "Private Dancer," and "Better Be Good to Me." She won a total of 12 Grammys over the course of her career, and she is the only female artist to win a Grammy in the pop, rock, and R&B fields.
The 1993 Oscar-nominated film What's Love Got to Do With It saw Angela Bassett portray Turner, while Tina herself starred in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985. Playing "Aunty Entity," Turner won an NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture."
Tina is survived by her husband, German music executive Erwin Bach and two sons of Ike's that she adopted.