(Simply) The Best: Tina Turner has died, aged 83

Tributes have poured in for the “legend, icon and superstar” that was Tina Turner. 

Legendary singer Tina Turner has died at the age of 83. Turner’s death was confirmed by her publicist Bernard Doherty late last night, revealing that the singer passed away peacefully in her Switzerland home after suffering from a long illness.

The news was later confirmed via Turner’s official Instagram account, with a post that said “goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music.”

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“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow.” Dubbed the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Turner was one of the biggest recording artists of all time, and was known worldwide for her hits like What’s Love Got to Do with It, and (Simply) The Best

Extending her influence beyond the stage, Turner gained renown for her classic 80’s aesthetic, and collected six Grammy Awards throughout her storied career.

“With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model,” Doherty said of Turner’s legacy in a press statement. Despite such accolades, Turner was forthcoming about her personal struggles, and detailed the abuse she endured during her marriage to guitarist Ike Turner in the 1960s and 1970s. 


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Tributes have poured in following news of Turner’s passing. The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger described the singer as “inspiring, warm, funny and generous,” and recalled her helping him “when I was young and I will never forget her.”

Elsewhere, Diana Ross said she was “shocked” by the news, while Mariah Carey remembered Turner as a “legendary, iconic diva and superstar.” 

Tributes have also been paid by Debbie Harry of Blondie, rapper Kid Cudi and Bryan Adams, the last of whom collaborated with Turner for their 1985 single, It’s Only Love. “The world just lost one hell of a powerhouse of a woman,” Adams wrote.

Turner continued drawing attention in her later years, becoming the subject of an HBO documentary titled Tina in 2021. 

Turner is survived by her longtime partner Erwin Bach, as well as two sons of Ike’s that she adopted.  


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