After a protracted illness, Tina Turner, a pioneer of rock 'n' roll who rose to fame as a pop icon in the 1980s, passed away at the age of 83.
Her health had declined recently; she received a diagnosis of intestinal cancer in 2016 and underwent kidney transplantation in 2017.
Mick Jagger acknowledged that Turner's high-kicking, energizing live performances served as inspiration for his stage persona because of how she confirmed and amplified Black women's early role in rock'n'roll.
After spending two decades making music with her controlling husband Ike Turner, she went it alone and, after a few false starts, with the release of the album Private Dancer,
became one of the key pop icons of the 1980s. Three memoirs, a biopic, a jukebox musical, and the acclaimed documentary film Tina all provided accounts of her life.
Her publicist, Bernard Doherty, released the following statement on Wednesday night:
"Tina Turner, the 'Queen of Rock'n Roll,' passed away peacefully today at the age of 83 following a protracted illness in her home in Kusnacht, Switzerland, close to Zurich. She leaves behind a musical legend and a role model for the world.