The world mourns the loss of Tina Turner, the iconic rock and soul diva who captivated audiences for over 50 years. She passed away at the age of 83, leaving behind a legacy as one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. Turner’s explosive sexual energy and powerful voice propelled her to solo success that outstripped her early career with her husband.
Known for her lion-like mane of hair, high heels, and miniskirts, Turner’s deep, smoky voice cemented her place as one of the greatest musicians of all time. After celebrating her final world tour in 2009, Turner retired from performing and settled into her villa near Küsnacht on Lake Zurich with her German husband Erwin Bach.
Despite battling serious illness in her later years, including a stroke, colon cancer, and a kidney transplant donated by her husband, Turner remained confident and recovered. A self-confessed Buddhist, she believed in reincarnation and that every deceased person begins a new life at some point.
Born Anna Mae Bullock on a farm in Nutbush, Tennessee, Turner’s encounter with Ike Turner in St. Louis changed her life. She became a background singer for his band before getting her big break with the hit “A Fool in Love” in 1960. Racial segregation still prevailed in the US during her upbringing, but Turner rose above it to become a global superstar.
Turner’s life became the basis for a film, a Broadway musical, and an HBO documentary in 2021. Her impact on music and culture will never be forgotten.