Tina Turner Passes Away at Age 83

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Born Anna Mae Bullock, Tina Turner passes away inside her Switzerland home on Wednesday, May 24. The Proud Mary hitmaker had been battling an illness for a long time, according to reports. Born in Nutbush Tennessee, Tina Turner became a solo artist in the late 70’s after splitting from her abusive band mate and husband, Ike Turner.


Tina Turner blazed the trail for Black women in rock’n’roll, solidifying that era of music to the extent that Mick Jagger admitted to taking inspiration from her high-kicking, energetic live performances for his stage persona. After two decades of working with her abusive husband, Ike Turner, she struck out alone and – after a few false starts – became one of the defining pop icons of the 1980s with the album Private Dancer.


Nevertheless, they were a chart-making, Grammy-winning force in the 1970s – a run that came to an end when Turner left Ike, who had been consistently violent and unfaithful, in 1976

Ike and Tina Turner, shown a few years after their performance at the Evergreen Ballroom, went on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Subsequently, her life was chronicled in three memoirs, a biopic, and a  jukebox musical. Then, not to mention in 2021, the genesis of the acclaimed documentary film, Tina.

The Ike and Tina Turner Era Portrayed Something Different than what was Going on Behind Closed Doors

“My relationship with Ike was doomed the day he figured out I was going to be his moneymaker,” Turner wrote in her 2018 biography My Love Story. “He needed to control me, economically and psychologically, so I could never leave him.”

My Love Story biography

Finally, Tina has gone through a lot, losing two children in the past ten years.


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