Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Tina Turner dies at 83


Legendary singer Tina Turner, renowned for her soulful classics and pop hits that prpelled her to superstardom, has passed away at the age of 83. She died peacefully after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, her representative said.Over the years, Turner faced numerous health challenges, including cancer, a stroke, and kidney failure.

She first rose to prominence alongside her former husband Ike Turner in the 1960s.Her powerful voice, captivating performances captured the hearts of audiences with songs like “Proud Mary” and “River Deep, Mountain High.” Following her divorce from Ike in 1978, Turner embarked on a remarkable solo career in the 1980s, achieving even greater success.

Beyond her remarkable talent, Tina Turner’s personal journey was one of triumph over adversity. She faced numerous challenges throughout her life but always rose above them with grace and determination. Her resilience and courage in the face of hardship served as an inspiration to many.

Dubbed the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner became known for her electrifying and dynamic stage performances, as well as her distinctive, powerful vocals. Her talent and contributions earned her eight Grammy Awards and a solo induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2021, following her initial induction alongside Ike Turner in 1991.

Recognized as a trailblazer, the Hall of Fame acknowledged Turner’s impact on breaking barriers for Black women in the music industry, expanding the perception of what a Black woman could achieve on stage and be as a multidimensional artist.

Born in Tennessee to a sharecropping family, Turner initially gained recognition as a backing singer for Ike Turner’s band, The Kings of Rhythm. However, she quickly stepped into the spotlight as the band’s frontwoman, leading to commercial success with hits like “Fool in Love” and “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” in the early 1960s.
Among their repertoire, “Nutbush City Limits” in 1973 paid homage to the small town where Tina Turner was born. Yet, behind the scenes, Ike’s abusive behavior took a toll on her physical and emotional well-being. He even changed her name from Anna Mae Bullock to Tina Turner without her knowledge, exemplifying his controlling nature.

Turner’s life story inspired the 1993 biopic “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” featuring Angela Bassett’s Oscar-nominated portrayal of the iconic singer. In addition, the stage musical titled “Tina: The Musical” has been a hit production.

Turner found happiness with her second husband, German music executive Erwin Bac. They began dating in the mid-80s, and got married in 2013.
The pair lived in Switzerland, with Turner taking Swiss citizenship. He donated one of his kidneys to her in 2017 after it was discovered she was suffering from kidney failure.

In a 2018 interview with Marie Claire South Africa, Turner shared her perspective on her life’s journey, stating, “People think my life has been tough, but I think it’s been a wonderful journey. The older you get, the more you realize it’s not what happened, it’s how you deal with it.”
Tina Turner’s impact on the music industry and her resilience in the face of adversity have left an indelible mark. She will be remembered as an icon, a legend, and a true powerhouse in the world of music.


  1. What has this got to do with zambia when many people are dying of hunger here but you don’t report on them. Fuseke

    • Its international news. The whole world knows who Tina Turner is. Even those who dont know Kaizar Zulu know “Whats Love got to do with it”. RIP Beautiful Tina

    • Narcissistic personality disorder involves a pattern of self-centered, arrogant thinking and behavior, a lack of empathy and consideration for other people, and an excessive need for admiration. Others often describe people with NPD as cocky, manipulative, selfish, patronizing, and demanding.

    • How has you knowing of her Death changed your life? The are many international news sites people can go to for such news. I don’t expect the world to know me but i sure do know that Zambians know me

    • @Kaizar Even if you were in State House you still need some education. Which news organisation or newssite is international? News channels broadcast from a local site and they will make the local audience their first target but knowing fully well that humanity lives around the globe they have international sections carrying global news. These publishers have an editorial board which decides what international story to carry. It makes no business sense to refer your audience to another site when you have them on your site and already have the story.

    • Compare Tina’s life to your mother’s. 83 still looked good. Manje imwe.. Look at your 70 year old mother.

    • Look guys, I still don’t give a crap about Tina. We have a host of problems in our country for us to be occupied by the death of a rich woman who did not ever step a foot in zambia and never gave a fark about you or your country. Have they invited you to her funeral? Hahaha continue mourning people that didn’t know you. F00Iishness

    • Kaizer we know you. Its because you cant see any steak on Tina. She didnt have your kind of buttocks. Like Chushi.

  2. No body knows you
    you are a bored imp0ster posting zero
    and actually you know ziltch about zambian politics
    apart from condemning,
    you are just a festering boil

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