Soul and Rock and Roll legend Tina Turner died on Wednesday at the age of 83 following a long illness in her home near Zurich, Switzerland.
“With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model”, her spokesperson said in a statement. The singer recently came out of retirement and announced that she was back with a remix of her classic hit, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”
The Queen of Rock and Roll worked with Norwegian producer DJ Kygo on a remix of the song, which was first released in 1984.
Turner, who last officially toured in 2009, was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939. She rose to fame as a backup singer in Ike Turner’s King of Rhythm band in 1958. She later became one half of the prestigious duo, the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
Her illustrious career includes record sales surpassing 200 million, earning 12 Grammy’s and receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she also holds the Guinness World Record for selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history.
Besides having to leave an abusive relationship, Turner has also suffered health issues in recent times including a cancer diagnosis, a stroke and kidney failure, with her second husband Bach donating his own kidney for a transplant. In 2018, she lost her son Craig to suicide. The legendary artiste is survived by her husband Erwin Bach and two sons of her first husband that she adopted.