Tina Turner, Music Legend And Actor, Dead At 83

Legendary singer Tina Turner has died at 83 years old.

Her spokesperson released a statement — reported by outlets like The Hollywood Reporter — stating, "Tina Turner, the 'Queen of Rock'n Roll,' has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland. With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model." 

Born in 1939, Turner, alongside her then-husband Ike Turner, rose to prominence in the Ike & Tina Turner Revue with hits like "Proud Mary" and "River Deep, Mountain High," before striking out on her own and becoming one of the best-selling recording artists in music history. Throughout her career, Turner won 12 Grammy Awards, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor, breaking sales records along the way.

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Tina Turner was one of the most influential musicians of all time

Turner is one of the most celebrated musicians of all time, without question — her powerhouse voice and solo hits like "What's Love Got To Do With It?" skyrocketed her to fame during her heyday in the 1980s, and she was also in some huge movies throughout her career.

Turner famously played The Acid Queen in 1975's "Tommy," a trippy movie based on The Who's seminal album — and after a string of hits in the 1980s, she scored a role in "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome" as Aunty Entity, the fierce ruler of Bartertown, a prominent part alongside the franchise's original star Mel Gibson. She also appeared in 1993's "The Last Action Hero" as The Mayor. Turner was a piece of pop culture lore in her own right and was famously portrayed by Angela Bassett in 1993's "What's Love Got to Do With It," which earned Bassett her first Oscar nomination.

Before her death and amidst some health struggles, Turner spent most of her time at her home in Switzerland in recent years, but she also performed alongside Beyoncé at the 2008 Grammys, participated in a documentary about her life in 2021, and worked on a jukebox musical focused on her music titled "Tina," which is still touring but closed on Broadway in June of 2022.

Turner is survived by her husband, Erwin Bach.