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Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tina Turner has died at the age of 83.
The sad news that has quickly shaken the music world was posted to her verified Facebook page late this morning.
“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow,” the statement said. “Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music.”
Widely referred to as the Queen of Rock and Roll, Turner’s career began in the 1950s during the early years of the genre.
It began alongside her husband Ike Turner, who she would marry in 1962, and the duo became a formidable act that produced several R&B hits in the 1960s and early ‘70s.
However, the relationship became violent and hindered by Ike’s excessive drug use, which led to Tina leaving him and beginning her solo career in the mid-1970s.
It went along quietly for several years before she released the album Private Dancer, her first album through Capitol Records that included the smash hit “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” and became a global superstar.
“Tina’s story is not one of victimhood but one of incredible triumph,” singer Janet Jackson wrote about Turner in a Rolling Stone issue that placed Turner at No. 63 on a list of the top 100 artists of all time. “She’s transformed herself into an international sensation - an elegant powerhouse.”
Turner continued to produce hit albums and singles throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s and was a wildly popular live act who commanded the stage in front of sold-out stadiums across the world.
She won eight Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside her ex-husband Ike in 1991, then again as a solo artist in 2021.