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Tina Turner death – latest: Legendary singer’s cause of death revealed after she dies aged 83

Tina Turner died of natural causes on Wednesday (24 May), it’s been confirmed.

“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,” her publicist said in a statement.

“With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.”

The singer rose to prominence performing with her husband Ike Turner in the 1960s before overcoming his violent, abusive behaviour to go on to become a chart-topping solo artist.

Turner earned a legion of fans for her riveting live performances, and was best known for songs such as “Private Dancer”, “The Best”, “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and “Proud Mary”.

Born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November, 1939, in Nutbush, Tennessee, Turner would go on to sell more than 180 million albums and won 12 Grammy Awards.

Turner was diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and received a kidney transplant in 2017.

Stars of the entertainment world including Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams, Rosario Dawson, Paloma Faith and Naomi Campbell paid tribute to the iconic singer.

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Tina Turner’s death revealed after she dies aged 83

Thursday 25 May 2023 22:09 , Inga Parkel

Tina Turner’s cause of death has been revealed, the day after she passed “peacefully” after a “long illness”.

On Thursday (25 May), the Daily Mail confirmed that the legendary singer died of natural causes at her home in Switzerland. She was 83.

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Tina Turner (Stefan Rousseau/PA) (PA Wire)

Tina Turner, 83, died of natural causes at home in Switzerland, says report

Singer died on Wednesday 24 May

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Turner moved to Switzerland in 1995 and relinquished her US citizenship in 2013, The Independent’s Ellie Muir writes.

Inside Tina Turner’s ‘cartoon palace’ in Switzerland

Simply the Bravest: Tina Turner’s real legacy lies in the way she overcame shocking abuse

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Human rights defender Bianca Jagger on the legendary performer who showed women how to overcome appalling adversity.

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Tina Turner, the rock goddess whose music lit the fires of hope

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Turner was one of the greatest rock’n’roll singers of all time, who overcame tragedy and horrifying domestic abuse to achieve a triumphant reinvention. The Independent’s Helen Brown pays tribute.

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Watch: A look back through Tina Turner's life

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Adam Lambert dedicates ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’ to Tina Turner at amfAR

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Rod Stewart is ‘devastated' after Tina Turner’s death

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Rod Stewart says he’s “devastated” after Tina Turner’s death.

“I’m devastated, what a woman!” he wrote on Twitter. “A friend and mentor – ‘It takes two’ - but there was only one Tina Turner.”

Patti LaBelle shares a touching tribute to Tina Turner

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Patti LaBelle has shared a touching tribute to Tina Turner.

“Tina, the world will forever be grateful for your voice, your fearlessness, and your grace!” she wrote on Twitter. “You truly are the Queen of Rock & Roll and your spirit will reign forever! Rest in eternal peace and love!”

Vice President Kamala Harris pays tribute to late Tina Turner

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US Vice President Kamala Harris has paid tribute to Tina Turner.

“Tina Turner was a spectacular woman whose life was a testament to all who believe in what can be, unburdened by what has been,” she wrote on Twitter. “Her strength, signature voice, and iconic moves inspired millions. Doug and I pray for Tina’s family and loved ones.”

In Pictures: Tina Turner, Queen of rock ‘n’ roll whose career spanned 60 years

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The Independent’s Joe Middleton takes a look some of the most striking pictures of Tina Turner’s stunning life.

In Pictures: Tina Turner, Queen of rock ‘n’ roll whose career spanned 60 years

Watch: Lizzo performs rendition of ‘Proud Mary’ in honour of Tina Turner

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Throwback video of Tina Turner performing with Mick Jagger for Live Aid 1985

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Watch: Tina Turner explains why she renounced US citizenship

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Fans leave flowers, erect shrine, at Tina Turner’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Fans have created a makeshift memorial at Tina Turner’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Well-wishers placed flowers, a wreath and personal messages for Turner at the landmark near the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Beyoncé leads celebrity tributes to ‘icon’ Tina Turner

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Following the news of Turner’s death, Beyoncé dedicated a special message to the “icon”.

“My beloved queen, I love you endlessly,” she wrote in a message on her official website. “I’m so grateful for your inspiration, and all the ways you have paved the way.

Find other celebrities who’ve paid their respects here:

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Tina Turner death: Diana Ross, Beyoncé and Mick Jagger lead celebrity tributes to ‘Proud Mary’ singer

Queen of Rock’n Roll died at 83 after a long illness

Diana Ross says she is ‘shocked and saddened’ by Turner’s death

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Legendary vocalist Diana Ross has paid tribute to her fellow hitmaker and close friend Tina Turner after her death in Switzerland on Wednesday.

“Shocked. Saddened. Sending condolences to Tina Turner’s family and loved ones,” Ross wrote in a Twitter post.

'We say goodbye to a dear friend’

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A tribute on Tina Turner’s official social media accounts has hailed the singer’s “boundless passion for life”.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner,” the post said.

“With her music and boundless passion for life, she enchanted fans worldwide and inspired future stars. We say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us her greatest work; her music. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”

Turner shone a ‘light on kidney disease, organ donation and transplantation’

03:00 , Inga Parkel

In 2016, Tina Turner spoke publicly of her kidney disease diagnosis and would receive a transplant from her husband Erwin Bach the next year.

The singer “helped to helped to shine a light on kidney disease, organ donation & transplantation”, Kidney Care UK said in a statement after her death.

WATCH: Cher discussed final moments with Tina Turner

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Barack Obama’s honours ‘the Queen of Rock and Roll’ Tina Turner

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Former US President Barack Obama has paid tribute to the late Tina Turner.

“Tina Turner was raw. She was powerful. She was unstoppable. And she was unapologetically herself – speaking and singing her truth through joy and pain; triumph and tragedy,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Today we join fans around the world in honouring the Queen of Rock and Roll, and a star whose light will never fade.”

Kelly Clarkson pays tribute to Tina Turner on her chat show

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Kelly Clarkson paid tribute to the late Tina Turner by singing a rendition of “What’s Love Got to Do with It” on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Wednesday (24 May).

Turner survived horrendous marital abuse

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Tina Turner was a survivor.

She suffered horrific physical, sexual and psychological abuse during her marriage to Ike Turner.

Turner met her future husband in the late 1950s at the age of 17 and began recording with him as the Ike & Tina Turner Revue soon afterwards.

She later revealed in her memoir I, Tina that Ike’s abuse started almost as soon as they met.

He would “throw hot coffee in her face, choke her, or beat her until her eyes were swollen shut, then rape her”, she wrote in the memoir.

She eventually left him in 1976, before establishing herself as one of the great solo performing artists of the Eighties and Nineties.

Ike Turner died in 2007 aged 76.

Christina Aguilera is ‘deeply saddned’ by the loss of Tina Turner

Friday 26 May 2023 00:30 , Inga Parkel

Christina Aguilera has expressed her grief following Tina Turner’s death.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Tina Turner,” she wrote on Twitter. “Her powerful voice and strength will forever be etched in our hearts and memories.

“She paved the way for so many of us in the music industry and her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.”

Tina Turner nearly didn’t sing GoldenEye theme after Bono sent her ‘the worst’ demo

Friday 26 May 2023 00:00 , Inga Parkel

In 1995, Tina Turner recorded one of her best-known songs, the titular theme for GoldenEye, Pierce Brosnan’s first outing as 007 agent Bond.

However, Turner very nearly wasn’t the voice of “GoldenEye”, after originally dismissing a “really rough” demo sent to her by the track’s songwriters, U2’s Bono and The Edge.

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(Getty/Universal)

Tina Turner nearly didn’t sing GoldenEye theme after Bono sent her ‘the worst’ demo

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When did Tina Turner renounce her US citizenship?

Thursday 25 May 2023 23:30 , Inga Parkel

In 1993, Tina Turner relocated to Switzerland with her longtime partner, music producer Erwin Bach.

She later renounced her US citizenship in favour of Swiss nationality, shortly after her marriage to Bach in 2013.

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(REUTERS)

Precious throwback video of Tina Turner performing with Mick Jagger for Live Aid 1985

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Viola Davis remembers the Queen of Rock’N’ Roll

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How many children did Tina Turner have?

Thursday 25 May 2023 22:00 , Inga Parkel

Tina Turner had four children and is survived by two.

Her eldest, Craig Turner, whom she shared with saxophonist Raymond Hill, died of suicide in 2018 at age 59.

She shared one biological son, Ronnie Turner, with ex-husband Ike Turner. Ronnie died in December 2022, aged 62, months before Turner’s death.

The “What’s Love Got to Do with It” singer is survived by Ike’s two sons, both of whom she adopted: Ike Jr, 65, and Michael, 65.

Tina Turner ‘peacefully' succumbed to a lengthy illness

Thursday 25 May 2023 21:30 , Inga Parkel

On Wednesday (24 May), it was announced that Tina Turner had “peacefully” died after a long illness.

While the illness was not specifically identified, the Queen of Rock’N’ Roll had struggled with several illnesses in recent years. In 2013 she suffered from a stroke, in 2016 she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer and in 2017 she received a kidney transplant.

Cellist Patrick Dexter plays beautiful cover of Tina Turner’s biggest hit

Thursday 25 May 2023 21:00 , Inga Parkel

“A true icon who will be sorely missed,” Irish cellist Patrick Dexter wrote, alongside a beautiful cello cover of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It”.

In Pictures: Tina Turner, Queen of rock ‘n’ roll whose career spanned 60 years

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The Independent’s Joe Middleton takes a look some of the most striking pictures of Tina Turner’s stunning life.

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(PA Wire)

In Pictures: Tina Turner, Queen of rock ‘n’ roll whose career spanned 60 years

The singer has died at the age of 83 after a long illness

Tina Turner told of how she wanted to be remembered in her final interview

Thursday 25 May 2023 20:00 , Inga Parkel

In her final interview before her death, Tina Turner poignantly spoke of how she wanted to be remembered.

Tina Turner died at the age of 83 (Willian Conran/PA) (PA Wire)
Tina Turner died at the age of 83 (Willian Conran/PA) (PA Wire)

‘I fought so much’: Weeks before her death, Tina Turner told people how she wanted to be remembered

Legendary singer behind hits including ‘The Best’ and ‘Proud Mary’ discussed her greatest fears and how she wanted to be remembered

Tina Turner, the rock goddess whose music lit the fires of hope

Thursday 25 May 2023 19:30 , Inga Parkel

Read Helen Brown’s beautiful tribute to Tina Turner, the “rock goddess whose music lit the fires of hope”.

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(Getty Images)

Tina Turner, the rock goddess whose music lit the fires of hope

Turner was one of the greatest rock’n’roll singers of all time, who overcame tragedy and horrifying domestic abuse to achieve a triumphant reinvention. Helen Brown pays tribute

WATCH: Lizzo performs rendition of ‘Proud Mary’ in honour of Tina Turner

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Cher recalls final moments with ‘really sick’ yet ‘happy’ Tina Turner before her death aged 83

Thursday 25 May 2023 18:30 , Inga Parkel

Cher has remembered how “happy” Tina Turner was in her final moments, despite being “really sick”.

On the day of Turner’s death, Wednesday (24 May), Cher appeared on MSNBC to reflect on their close friendship. The two performed duets together in the Seventies on Cher’s variety shows.

“I started going to visit her because I thought, ‘I need to put this time into our friendship, so she knows we haven’t forgotten her,’” the “Believe” singer explained.

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Rod Stewart ‘devastated’ by Tina Turner’s passing

Thursday 25 May 2023 18:00 , Inga Parkel

Rod Stewart remembers Tina Turner as “a friend and mentor”.

“I’m devastated,” the singer tweeted. “‘It takes two’ – but there was only one Tina Turner.”

Tina Turner’s legacy in Miss Congeniality 2

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To all the millennial and Gen Z cuspers, this one’s for you:

West End theatres to dim lights in honour of Tina Turner

Thursday 25 May 2023 17:00 , Inga Parkel

Tonight (25 May) at 7pm, West End theatres will dim their lights for two minutes in honour of global sensation Tina Turner.

Hannah Essex, co-Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, said in a statement: “The theatre world pays tribute to the immense talent and impact of Tina Turner.

“She has inspired countless generations through not only her pioneering music career, but her ability to break down barriers in the face of adversity. She will be greatly missed.”

‘Creed’ star Tessa Thompson ‘endlessly’ thanks Tina Turner

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Why Tina Turner almost missed out on the GoldenEye theme

Thursday 25 May 2023 16:01 , Roisin O'Connor

Throughout her lengthy and successful musical career, Turner released hit records as both a solo performer, and with her ex-husband Ike Turner.

In 1995, she recorded one of her best-known songs, the titular theme for GoldenEye, Pierce Brosnan’s first outing as 007 agent Bond.

However, Turner very nearly wasn’t the voice of “GoldenEye”, after originally dismissing a “really rough” demo sent to her by the track’s songwriters, U2’s Bono and The Edge.

Full story:

Tina Turner nearly didn’t sing GoldenEye theme after hearing demo

Tina Turner performs ‘Proud Mary’ during farewell tour in 2009

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Beyonce leads celebrity tributes to Tina Turner

Thursday 25 May 2023 15:01 , Roisin O'Connor

The tributes are pouring in after Turner’s death, aged 83.

Among the many poignant messages was Beyonce’s. The two icons once performed together in a memorable show at the Grammy Awards, in 2009.

See what Beyonce, and many other famous names, have said about Turner here:

Beyoncé leads celebrity tributes to ‘icon’ Tina Turner: ‘My beloved queen’

Tina Turner, the rock goddess whose music lit the fires of hope

Thursday 25 May 2023 14:31 , Roisin O'Connor

Our brilliant music critic Helen Brown has written this beautiful and very poignant tribute to Turner, which you can read here:

Tina Turner, the rock goddess whose music lit the fires of hope

Tina Turner explains why she renounced US citizenship

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How Tina Turner wanted to be remembered

Thursday 25 May 2023 13:31 , Roisin O'Connor

In the weeks before her death, Tina Turner gave poignant answers to questions about her greatest fears, but also how she hoped to be remembered.

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Tina Turner nearly didn’t sing GoldenEye theme after Bono sent her ‘the worst’ demo

Thursday 25 May 2023 13:00 , Bevan Hurley

In 1995, Tina Turner recorded one of her best known songs as she performed the titular theme for GoldenEyePierce Brosnan’s first outing as 007 agent Bond.

However, Turner very nearly wasn’t the voice of “GoldenEye”, after originally dismissing a “really rough” demo sent to her by the track’s songwriters, U2’s Bono and The Edge.

The Independent’s Isobel Lewis has the full story below.

Tina Turner nearly didn’t sing GoldenEye theme after Bono sent her ‘the worst’ demo

Video of Beyoncé and Tina Turner performing at the Grammys goes viral

Thursday 25 May 2023 12:30 , Peony Hirwani

In Pictures: Tina Turner, Queen of rock ‘n’ roll whose career spanned 60 years

Thursday 25 May 2023 12:00 , Bevan Hurley

The Independent’s Joe Middleton takes a look some of the most striking pictures of Tina Turner’s stunning life.

In Pictures: Tina Turner, Queen of rock ‘n’ roll whose career spanned 60 years