Singer Tina Turner has died, according to an announcement posted Wednesday on her official Facebook page. She was 83 years old.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner,” the post reads. “With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow. Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music.
“All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”
Turner reportedly died Tuesday following a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, according to her manager. She became a Swiss citizen 10 years ago.
In recent years, the BBC reports, Turner had suffered a number of health issues “including cancer, a stroke and kidney failure.”
Turner rose to fame alongside husband Ike in the 1960s, with songs including ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘River Deep, Mountain High’. The couple married in 1962 and went on to raise four children, including two children from Ike’s previous relationships, and Tina’s son, Craig, also from a previous relationship.
The Turners toured “constantly for years,” The Associated Press reports, “in part because Ike was often short on money and unwilling to miss a concert.” The AP’s Hillel Italie adds that Tina Turner was “forced to go on with bronchitis, with pneumonia, with a collapsed right lung.”
In her memoir, “I, Tina,” Turner recalled that Ike began physically abusing her not long after they met in the mid-1950s. Later in life, Turner credited her Buddhist faith with giving her the strength to officially leave in Ike in 1976.
“Her solo career floundered for years before she mounted a stunning comeback in 1984 with her multiplatinum album ‘Private Dancer’ and its No. 1 hit, ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’,” CNN’s Lisa Respers France writes.
The BBC’s Emma Saunders adds Turner was dubbed the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll throughout her career, and was famed for her “raunchy and energetic stage performances and husky, powerful vocals.”
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