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Wednesday, 24 May 2023 21:05

Tina Turner, 'Queen of Rock 'n' Roll', dies aged 83 in Switzerland.

Entertainment Reporter.

Singer Tina Turner, one of rock's most famous voices who had hits including Proud Mary and The Best, has died at the age of 83 after a long illness, her publicist Bernard Doherty said.

In a statement, Doherty said: "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 US-born star was one of the great female rock singers, known for her electric on-stage presence and a string of hits including The Best, Proud Mary, Private Dancer and What's Love Got to Do With It.

She first found fame in the 1960s alongside ex-husband Ike Turner, with the classic song River Deep, Mountain High among their repertoire.

The domestic abuse Ike subjected his wife to was documented in a 1993 Hollywood biopic starring Angela Bassett, which won three Oscars.

Her life story was also immortalised in a popular West End show that is still running.

Turner's popularity as a solo artist waned in the 1970s, but her career was resurrected when she signed with Capitol Records in the 1980s.

A hit cover of Al Green's Let's Stay Together led to the Private Dancer album in 1984 - which went on to sell more than 10 million copies.

The title track from the album, as well as What's Love Got to Do With It, and I Can't Stand the Rain were among the seven singles from the record.

In a career spanning over 60 years, the American-Swiss singer, who was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, won eight competitive Grammy Awards and has a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St Louis Walk of Fame.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.