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Tina Turner Dies

Photo by Philip Spittle

Tina Turner, known as the “Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll," died yesterday at the age of 83 at her home in Switzerland. The cause of death was not reported, though she was known to have health issues in recent years, including a stroke, cancer, and kidney failure.

Born as Anna Mae Bullock in Tennessee in 1939, Turner rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, alongside husband Ike Turner, who gave Turner her stage name. The 12-time Grammy winner eventually launched her solo career after leaving her abusive relationship in 1976 and following the success of her second album, “Private Dancer,” in 1984.

Turner sold over 150 million records worldwide and was voted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Ike in 1991 and on her own in 2021. Her hits include Grammy-winning "What's Love Got to Do with It," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984 and made Turner, then 44, the oldest female solo artist to achieve the feat at the time.

See more of the icon's hits here. See photos of her life here.

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