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Music legend Tina Turner has died at the age of 83.

The singer had suffered a number of health issues in recent years including cancer, a stroke and kidney failure.

Tina Turner rose to fame alongside husband Ike in the 1960s with songs including Proud Mary and River Deep, Mountain High. She divorced the abusive Ike in 1978, and went on to find even greater success as a solo artist in the 1980s.

Dubbed the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner was famed for her raunchy and energetic stage performances and husky, powerful vocals.

Her death was announced on her official Instagram page.

“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow,” the post said.

“Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music.”

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Tina Turner won eight Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2021 as a solo artist, having first been inducted alongside Ike Turner in 1991.

Upon her solo induction, the Hall of Fame noted how she had “expanded the once-limited idea of how a Black woman could conquer a stage and be both a powerhouse and a multidimensional being”.

Younger stars who have felt her influence include Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Janelle Monae and Rihanna.

Born in Tennessee into a sharecropping family, Tina first found prominence as one of the backing singers for her husband’s band The Kings of Rhythm.

She soon went to to front the band, and the couple tasted commercial success with Fool in Love and It’s Gonna Work Out Fine, which made the US charts in the early 60s.

Their other hits included 1973’s Nutbush City Limits, about the small town where Tina was born. But Ike’s physical and emotional abuse was taking its toll.

It was he who changed her name from her birth name, Anna Mae Bullock, to Tina Turner – a decision he took without her knowledge, one example of his controlling behavior.

Tina Turner found happiness with her second husband, German music executive Erwin Bach. They began dating in the mid-80s, and got married in 2013.

The pair lived in Switzerland, with Tina Turner taking Swiss citizenship. He donated one of his kidneys to her in 2017 after it was discovered she was suffering from kidney failure.

The singer also suffered tragedy with the loss of her eldest son Craig to suicide in 2018. His father was Turner’s former bandmate, Raymond Hill.

Another son, Ronnie, whose father was Ike Turner, died in 2022.

Tina Turner also had two adopted sons, Ike Jr. and Michael, Ike’s children from a previous relationship.


Tina Turner has married her 57-year-old toyboy beau Erwin Bach in Switzerland, it has been revealed.

Tina Turner, 73, and German record company executive Erwin Bach exchanged vows on the shores of Lake Zurich in Switzerland several days ago.

And the newlyweds will cement their union this weekend at a Buddhist ceremony this weekend in Zurich, which Tina Turner has called home for the past 15 years.

Around 120 guests, including David Bowie, Oprah Winfrey and Sade, are due to attend as Tina Turner and Erwin Bach celebrate their marriage at their Kusnacht home.

According to Swiss weekly Schweiz am Sonntag, Tina Turner has requested that all the guests wear white to the celebration, while she will be wearing a gown designed by Italian fashion giant Giorgio Armani.

Clearly anticipating an enjoyable evening, it was also reported that Tina Turner and Erwin Bach had already sent out letters to neighbors and local residents apologizing in advance for any noise they might cause.

Tina Turner has married her 57-year-old toyboy beau Erwin Bach in Switzerland

Tina Turner has married her 57-year-old toyboy beau Erwin Bach in Switzerland

Tina Turner’s union with Erwin Bach marks her second wedding – her first being a volatile 14-year marriage to the late Ike Turner, with whom she found fame in the 1960’s.

Following their divorce in 1978 Tina Turner recounted the domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of her first husband in bestselling 1986 memoir I, Tina – the inspiration for big-screen biopic What’s Love Got to Do with it starring Angela Bassett as Tina and Laurence Fishburne as Ike.

Tina Turner first met Erwin Bach at an EMI record label bash in 1985, although their relationship remained platonic for more than a year before they started dating.

Despite the age difference, Tina Turner and Erwin Bach have enjoyed a blissfully happy romance, something she referred to during a 2006 interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey, in which she shot down any notion of marriage.

“People often ask me why don’t I marry,” she said.

“I have love. I have a good life. I don’t need to interfere with that. For some people, marriage means <<You’re mine now>>. That can be the beginning of the failure of a relationship.”

She added: “Psychologically, something happens when someone says, <<You’re my husband or wife. You can’t do this or that>>. It’s about ownership. That freedom that two people loving each other and wanting to be together – and being able to leave if anything is wrong – is gone.

“Neither Erwin nor I feel the need to get married. We’ve been together for 18 years. What would marriage give me that I don’t already have? Marriage would be about pleasing the public. Why do I need to please the public if I’m already pleased?”

Tina Turner has two children, sons Craig, from a relationship with late saxophonist Raymond Hill in 1958 and Ronald – her only child with Ike.