By Abb Jones
The Reelness

Tina Turner, the proclaimed Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll and one of the biggest selling musical artists of all time, has died at her home after a lengthy illness near Zurich, Switzerland.

Born Anna Mae Bullock near Nutbush, Tennessee, Turner endured a difficult childhood, being shuffled around between family members before launching her singing career as a young adult. Turner’s big break came through her marriage and business partnership with musician Ike Turner, which spawned hits such as “Proud Mary” and “River Deep – Mountain High.”

Ike Turner’s horrendous physical abuse and her leaving him was portrayed in the 1993 Oscar-nominated drama, What’s Love Got to Do with It, its title spawned from her 1984 Grammy award winning solo hit which sparked a life-changing solo career.

Having sold more than 100 million records worldwide, the winner of 12 Grammy Awards also dabbled in acting, appearing in 1975’s Tommy, 1985’s  Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome and 1993’s Last Action Hero. 

Tina Turner and Mel Gibson in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

Turner retired from performing in 2009, enjoying a quiet life in retirement at her home in Switzerland. In 2021, her life was chronicled in the widely-acclaimed, emotional HBO Max documentary, Tina.

Tina Turner from the 2021 HBO Max documentary, Tina

Turner, who endured a stroke in 2013 and a bout with intestinal cancer in 2016, is survived by her husband and longtime partner, German music executive Erwin Bach, who donated one of his kidneys for her in 2017.

Tina Turner and husband Erwin Bach

Turner was 83.

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