Tina Turner Passes Away at Age 83: Celebrating the Life of a Rock 'n Roll Queen
Tina Turner, one of the most famous voices in rock and roll, passed away at the age of 83 after a long illness. She had a career spanning more than 60 years, winning eight competitive Grammy Awards and having a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St Louis Walk of Fame. Her autobiography, I, Tina, was turned into the 1993 film What's Love Got To Do With It, which dramatized her famously turbulent relationship with Ike Turner. She was widely referred to as the Queen of Rock and Roll.
Turner was married to music executive Erwin Bach, with whom she lived in Switzerland since 1994. In her autobiography Tina Turner: My Love Story, published in 2018, she revealed that Bach saved her life by donating one of his kidneys. She had suffered ill-health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 201712.
Her famous tracks over the years included the Bond theme track for 1995’s GoldenEye, What's Love Got to Do With It, Private Dancer, Let's Stay Together, and many more. She performed notable duets throughout her career, including performing with David Bowie and Sir Mick Jagger during Live Aid, and duetting with Beyonce for a rendition of Proud Mary at the 2008 Grammys345.
Turner experienced the loss of her two sons, Ronnie and Craig Raymond Turner, who died in their late 50s and early 60s respectively6.
In addition to her music career, Turner starred in the 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome alongside Mel Gibson and also appeared in 1993’s Last Action Hero. A musical based on her life, titled Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, opened on London’s West End in 201878.
In 2021, she sold the rights to her back catalogue to BMG for an undisclosed sum. This agreement included her share of her recordings, her music publishing writer’s share, and her name, image, and likeness9.
Her solo works include 10 studio albums, two live albums, two soundtracks, and five compilations, which together have sold more than 100 million records10.