Singer Tina Turner, an icon of rock and roll, has died at the age of 83.

After a lengthy battle with sickness, Tina Turner, a trailblazing rock'n'roll performer who became a pop giant in the 1980s, passed away at the age of 83.

After a lengthy battle with sickness, Tina Turner, a trailblazing rock'n'roll performer who became a pop giant in the 1980s, passed away at the age of 83.

In 2016, she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer, and in 2017, she underwent a kidney transplant due to her declining health.
Turner validated and emphasised Black women's seminal role in the development of rock 'n' roll, and her performances helped define the genre to the point where Mick Jagger acknowledged drawing influence from Turner's high-kicking, kinetic stage character for his own.
She broke out on her own after 20 years of working with her abusive husband Ike Turner, and with the album Private Dancer, she became one of the most influential pop singers of the 1980s. Three autobiographies, a biopic, a jukebox musical, and the critically acclaimed documentary Tina will all record her life.

Her spokesman Bernard Doherty released the following statement on Wednesday night: "Tina Turner, the 'Queen of Rock'n Roll,' has died peacefully today at the age of 83, in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, following a long illness." We've lost a musical icon and an inspiration with her passing.
Beyoncé has shared her feelings on Tiny Turner's passing today (Tiny Turner was 83).
"My cherished monarch. Beyoncé wrote, "I love you endlessly," on her website. I appreciate everything you've done to pave the path and be an inspiration to me. You personify fortitude and strength. You personify strength and dedication to a cause. You have blessed us all by showing us the goodness and beauty of your soul. I appreciate everything you've done.

Turner and Beyoncé performed a duet of Ike Tina Turner's 1971 cover of "Proud Mary," originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival, during the 50th annual Grammy Awards in 2008. Beyoncé first sang the song during the 2005 Kennedy Centre Honours, which honoured Tina Turner.

Candles were lit outside of Turner's home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, and flowers were left at her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

In London, fans of the musical Tina, based on the life of the late singer, have been leaving bouquets outside the Aldwych Theatre.
Kristina Love, who plays the lead role on the musical, broke her silence on the news after a performance, saying that Turner had made her "feel comfortable with the mammoth task ahead in playing her."
Ike gave her the stage name Tina Turner after he recognised her singing ability and copyrighted the name in case she ever quit his show. After Turner got a feel of his unstable personality and tried to leave the group early on, he became aggressive and struck her with a wooden shoe stretcher.
"My relationship with Ike was doomed the day he figured out that I was going to be his moneymaker," Turner said in her 2018 autobiography My Love Story. "He had to have financial and emotional sway over me to ensure I would never leave him."
The Ike and Tina Turner track A Fool in Love, released in July 1960, marked her recording debut under the name and launched a string of successful singles in the United States. However, it was their live shows that truly catapulted them to fame. Due to their economic success, Ike took Tina and his show, the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, on a rigorous tour of the Chitlin' Circuit. Live! The Ike Tina Turner Show, their first charting album, was released in 1964 after they signed with Warner Bros.' Loma Records brand.

Many of the biggest names in rock music approached the pair in the second half of the 1960s. They toured with the Rolling Stones in the United Kingdom and the United States, and their Las Vegas residency was attended by such celebrities as David Bowie, Sly Stone, Cher, Elvis Presley, and Elton John. Their 1966 single River Deep - Mountain High was produced by Phil Spector.
Turner left Ike, who had been constantly abusive and unfaithful, in 1976, ending their tenure as a chart-topping, Grammy-winning force in the 1970s. She portrayed Acid Queen, the name of her second solo album, in the 1975 film adaptation of the Who's rock opera Tommy, which featured her final single with the band.
After her divorce was finalised in 1978, Turner was only awarded two cars and ownership of her stage name. In the documentary Tina, she claimed, "Ike fought a little bit because he knew what I would do with it."

Turner, who had already released two solo records, continued pursuing a solo career; however, it would take the release of her fifth album, 1984's Private Dancer, for her to replace the old image of the shimmying rock'n'roller with one of a powerful, mullet-sporting, leather-clad pop icon, and escape premature relegation to the oldies circuit.

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