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Music icon Tina Turner dies aged 83

Music icon Tina Turner dies aged 83

The legendary rock singer passed away at her home in Switzerland on Wednesday.

Beloved music icon Tina Turner has died aged 83.

Turner - one of rock’s most famous voices best known for smash hits like 'Proud Mary' and 'The Best' - sadly passed away at the age of 83 at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, after a long illness, her publicist Bernard Doherty told the PA news agency.

Turner leaves behind a legacy of a decade-spanning career in the industry - 60 years to be exact.

Tina Turner has died aged 83.
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The American-Swiss singer, who was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, won an impressive eight competitive Grammy Awards and has a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St Louis Walk of Fame - just to name a couple of her many accolades.

She was also the first black artist and first woman to be on the cover of Rolling Stone - the iconic music magazine which went on to rank her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Her autobiography, I, Tina, was later turned into the 1993 film What’s Love Got To Do With It.

Directed by Brian Gibson, the flick dramatised the mother-of-two’s famously turbulent and controversial relationship with Ike Turner.

It also went on to see star Angela Bassett, who played protagonist Anna Mae Bullock, get nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Tina in the biopic.

Turner, who has been widely dubbed the Queen of Rock and Roll, had suffered with various health issues in recent years and was diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and had a kidney transplant the following year in 2017.

Tributes have flooded in for the late music icon.
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The adored 'Nutbush City Limits' hit-maker has since received an avalanche of tributes following her passing from fans across the world who have since taken to social media to mourn the loss of the music hall-of-famer.

One Twitter user posted: "What a huge loss to music. She really was Simply The Best."

A second tweeted: "Oh my goodness. Very sad to hear this. RIP Tina Turner!"

"I am so sad to hear of this," echoed a third devastated fan, "she was a powerful woman and singer."

A fourth offered: "R.I.P. my Queen. You rocked the world and are forever in our hearts."

Another penned: "Tina Turner was more than just a music icon, she was a trailblazer and a beacon of resilience. Her electrifying performances and indomitable spirit resonated with so many of us.

"She was not only a phenomenal artist but also a symbol of strength who overcame adversity to rise to the pinnacle of her career."

RIP Tina Turner, you will most definitely be missed.

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