P A representative for the legendary singer confirmed that Turner died of natural causes.
News that the “Private Dancer” singer – known to fans around the world as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll – had died at her home in Switzerland after suffering from an undisclosed illness rocked the world on May 24.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner”read a statement shared via Turner’s social media accounts on Wednesday.
“With her music and 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 left us her greatest work: her music. All our sincere sympathy goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you so much.”
Her spokesman Bernard Doherty noted in an additional statement: “With her, the world is losing a musical legend and role model.”
The Tennessee-born performer began her musical career in 1957, teaming up with Ike Turner. She and Ike, who died in December 2007, collaborated on “River Deep – Mountain High,” “Proud Mary” and other big hits.
Tina went on to pursue her own solo career, rocketing to the top of the charts with “What’s Love Got to Do with It” from 1984’s Private Dancer.
The song earned her the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1985. During her career, she won 11 more Grammy Awards – including Best Female Rock Vocal Performance – and placed three songs in the Grammy Hall of Fame. .
As Tina Turner’s star continued to rise, so did her personal life. She and Ike were married from 1962 to 1978, welcoming their son Ronnie in 1960. (Before that, she welcomed her son Craig with Kings of Rhythm saxophonist Raymond Hill in 1958 and adopted two of Ike’s children after their wedding.)
After her stormy relationship with Ike ended, Tina began dating German musician Erwin Bach in 1986.
Before her death, Tina was diagnosed with both bowel cancer and kidney failure in 2016. One year later, she underwent a kidney transplant and went into full remission.
Her personal challenges continued in 2018 when her son Craig was found dead at the age of 59 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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“My saddest moment as a mother”she tweeted at the time. “On Thursday, July 19, 2018, I said my final goodbyes to my son, Craig Raymond Turner, as I gathered with family and friends to scatter his ashes off the coast of California. He was 59 when he died so tragically, but he will always be my baby.’
Four years later, Tina’s son, Ronnie, died at the age of 62 due to complications from colon cancer in December 2022.