‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Tina Turner dies at 83

Tina Turner, the US-born singer who left a tough farming community and abusive relationship to become one of the top recording artists of all time, died on Wednesday at the age of 83.

His representative said he died after a long illness at his home in Kusnacht, near Zurich, Switzerland.

Turner began her career in the 1950s during the early years of rock and roll and developed into an MTV phenomenon.

In the video for her chart-topping song “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, in which she called love a “second-hand emotion”, Turner epitomized 1980s style as she walked around New York City with her spiky blonde hair. Roamed the streets of the city, wearing a cropped jean jacket, mini skirt and stiletto heels.

With her taste for musical experimentation and clear-worded ballads, Turner fit perfectly with the pop landscape of the 1980s, in which music fans valued electronically produced sounds and embraced hippie-era idealism. used to despise

Sometimes nicknamed the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, Turner won six of her eight Grammy Awards in the 1980s. The decade saw a dozen songs in the Top 40, including “Typical Male,” “The Best,” “Private Dancer” and “Better Be Good to Me.” His 1988 show in Rio de Janeiro attracted 180,000 people, one of the largest concerts for a solo artist.

By then, Turner had been estranged from her marriage to guitarist Ike Turner for a decade.

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The superstar was coming out about abuse from her ex-husband during their marital and musical partnership in the 1960s and 1970s. She described a bruised eye, split lip, broken jaw and other injuries that repeatedly sent her to the emergency room.

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“Tina’s story is not one of victimization but one of incredible triumph,” singer Janet Jackson wrote of Turner in an issue of Rolling Stone, which ranked Turner number 63 on its list of the Top 100 Artists of All Time.

Jackson said, “She has turned herself into an international sensation – a beautiful powerhouse.”

In 1985, Turner gave his reputation as a survivor a fictional twist. He played the ruthless leader of an outpost in a nuclear wasteland, starring opposite Mel Gibson in the third installment in the Mad Max franchise, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”.


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