• Tina Turner, the ‘queen of rock’, dies at 83

  • The artist has died at her home in Küsnacht (Switzerland), according to her representative

  • With an impeccable career and a troubled personal life, Turner has become an icon and music legend.

Singer Tina Turner has died at the age of 83. Known as the ‘Queen of Rock’n Roll’ He suffered from an illness that caused his death in his house in Kusnacht, in the vicinity of Zurich, in Switzerland. As Cadena Ser collects, it has been a statement from the family spokesman who has confirmed the news. “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model,” the aforementioned text collects.

Five decades of career have turned the artist of American origin and Swiss nationality into one of the biggest names in world music. Tina retired from the stage a decade ago, in 2013after 54 years of experience, which began in the 50s.

Tina Turner was on the cover of Vogue magazine at age 73, when she retired

Tina Turner and her five decades of success as ‘queen of rock’

Born Anna Mae Bullock in Tennessee in 1939the artist began in the world of music when she met the artist and composer, Ike Turner, who would be her first husband. She began recording her first songs under the name Little Ann in 1958, and two years later she would adopt the name by which she has been known worldwide. From that time came hits like ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ or ‘Proud Mary‘. The personal and professional union would end up ending after multiple episodes of domestic violenceas she herself revealed in her autobiography.

Tina Turner, the 'queen of rock', during a performance in 1987

Tina Turner, the ‘queen of rock’, during a performance in 1987Paul Natkin

With the passing of the years it would begin his solo career: His first album came in 1984 and his discography would produce hymns like ‘The Best‘, ‘Let’s Stay Together’ or ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’. turner sold more than two hundred million albums worldwide in its half century of history. Her unmistakable singing style, her revolutionary looks or her impeccable mastery of the stage made Tina one of the great music icons of recent decades, giving her an essential place in the collective imagination as ‘queen of rock‘, a title by which he has always been known.

The turbulent personal life of Tina Turner has been taken to fiction on more than one occasion

The turbulent personal life of Tina Turner has been taken to fiction on more than one occasionIcon and Image

The turbulent personal and family life of Tina Turner

The artist, of African-American and Native American descent, was the young daughter of Zelma Priscilla and Floyd Richard Bullock. At eleven years old his mother abandoned his father, after having experienced abuse during the marriage. Two years later, the parent married another woman and ran away too. Anna Mae and her older sister, Ruby AllineThey went to live with their grandmother.

Tina worked since childhood as a maid, cheerleader and played basketball. After graduating, she began working as a nursing assistant. Her passion for her music would lead her to perform in night bars. It was there that she met Ike Turner, eight years older than herwhich would kick off his artistic career.

Tina and Ike Turner, her first husband, in 1965

Tina and Ike Turner, her first husband, in 1965CORD PRESS

Together with him he had a convulsive personal and professional relationship. Ike was addicted to cocaine and his marriage was violent and with several episodes of gender violence. Tub she had been a mother at the age of 18 to Craig, his firstborn. Together with Ike he had their second son, Ronald, ‘Ronnie’. Besides, adopted the two sons Ike already had from a previous relationship, Ike Jr. and Michael. In 1978 she divorced.

Tina, her first husband Ike, their two biological children and their two adopted children, in a family portrait

Tina, her first husband Ike, their two biological children and their two adopted children, in a family portraitGetty Images

Years later, while struggling to assert his solo career, he would meet Erwin Bach. This music producer twelve years younger than her, and with whom she began dating at 46, gave her the necessary stability.

Tina married her second husband, Erwin Bach, in 2013.

Tina married her second husband, Erwin Bach, in 2013.CORD PRESS

This has been the last years of Tina Turner’s life

In 2013 the singer acquired Swiss nationality, for which he had to give up the American. It was then that she also announced that she was retiring from the stage, and when decided to go down the aisle with Bach after three decades of relationship. In 2016, the artist had to face cancer and a year later, her husband donated a kidney to her.

Turner, in an image taken in 2019

Turner, in an image taken in 2019Getty Images

The last few years have brought severe personal setbacks for Turner. The artist has had to suffer the loss of his two biological children. Major Craig, committed suicide in 2018, at 59 years of age. Just a few months ago, in December 2022, the interpreter’s second son, Ronnie, died of cancer.

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