Tina Turner, the dynamic and powerful performer who triumphed over domestic abuse and industry skepticism to become one of the most spirited, inspiring figures in rock and soul, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 83.
In an official statement, her family announced, “Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ peacefully passed away today at the age of 83 after a prolonged illness at her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland. With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.”
From her early days performing alongside her ex-husband Ike, Turner brought an unbridled, fiery stage presence to the world of pop music. Even when accompanied by choreographed backup singers—both during her time with Ike and throughout her solo career—Turner never appeared restrained. Her impact on rock, R&B, and soul singing and performance cannot be overstated.
Her unique delivery influenced the likes of Mick Jagger and Mary J. Blige, and her high-energy stage persona (enhanced by an array of gravity-defying wigs) became an inspiration for Janet Jackson and Beyoncé. Turner’s message resonated with countless women across generations, proving that she could stand toe-to-toe with any male counterpart on stage.
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