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‘Queen Of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Tina Turner Dies At 83; Barack Obama, Ciara Lead Tributes

Legendary singer Tina Turner, known as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll for her blistering performances and powerfully gritty vocals, died on May 24 after battling from a long illness.

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Tina Turner dies at 83. (Image: Twitter/BerniceKing)

Veteran singer Tina Turner, who was popularly known as the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ passed away on Wednesday after battling from a prolonged illness. She was 83.

The news was confirmed via Tina Turner’s official Twitter page. Alongside a picture of the late singer in black and white, the caption read, “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. 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.”

An official statement about Tina Turner’s death was also released by her publicist, Bernard Doherty. “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. With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model,” the statement as reported by People read.

“There will be a private funeral ceremony attended by close friends and family. Please respect the privacy of her family at this difficult time,” the statement added.

Mourning the loss of Tina Turner, former American President Barack Obama shared a picture of the late singer and tweeted, “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. Today we join fans around the world in honoring the Queen of Rock and Roll, and a star whose light will never fade.”

British singer Mick Jagger tweeted, “I’m so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner. She was truly an enormously talented performer and singer. She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her.”

American singer Ciara wrote, “Heaven has gained an angel. Rest in Paradise Tina Turner. Thank you for the inspiration you gave us all.”

Tina Turner was one of the most popular Rock ‘n’ Roll singers of all times and scored Billboard Top 40 hits across four decades. She has also won Grammys, a Kennedy Center Honor, and entry into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

The American-born singer began living in Switzerland with her husband, German actor and music producer Erwin Bach in 1995 and earned her Swiss citizenship in 2013. In recent years she struggled with her health and battled severe health problems, including a stroke, intestinal cancer and total kidney failure that required an organ transplant.

Tina Turner made one of her last public appearances in 2018 at the premiere of a musical based on her life story in London, which described turbulent moments from her 50-year singing career.

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