Legendary singer Tina Turner passed away yesterday -- May 24, 2023 -- at the age of 83 at her mansion just outside Zurich, Switzerland. A representative released a statement today that revealed Tina died of "natural causes." However, she struggled for years with high blood pressure and kidney disease, as seen above in an Instagram post.
In 2005, she learned that her kidneys had lost 35 percent of their function, and received a kidney transplant in 2017. She admitted later that she "developed a fatal dislike" of the pills she was prescribed to combat kidney failure, and without telling doctors, stopped taking them, switching instead to homeopathic remedies.
On March 9, 2023, in honor of World Kidney Day, she wrote in the Instagram post seen above: "My kidneys are victims of my not realising that my high blood pressure should have been treated with conventional medicine. I have put myself in great danger by refusing to face the reality that I need daily, lifelong therapy with medication. For far too long I believed that my body was an untouchable and indestructible bastion."
Over the course of her career, Tina sold more than 100 million records worldwide; earned 12 Grammy awards; received a Kennedy Center Honor; a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; and entry into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2021.
Her career took off in the 1960s, after she met and married Ike Turner. Together, they formed the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, releasing hits such as "River Deep — Mountain High" and "Proud Mary." Tina left Ike in 1976, claiming physical abuse, and later enjoyed a solo comeback with the single "What’s Love Got to Do With It."
A statement released yesterday read: "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 Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland. With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model. There will be a private funeral ceremony attended by close friends and family. Please respect the privacy of her family at this difficult time." ~Alexandra Heilbron
Tina is my favorite Black female singer. She was physically gorgeous, brave, and admirable. I stayed in shape walking on the treadmill to her songs. My husband and I danced for years and years to her Proud Mary. All of my memories around Tina are good except the news about Ike. She was always a beautiful, energetic STAR.
My late wife and I saw Tina live at TD Garden in Boston 2 times a few years ago. I don't remember who opened the 1st time. The 2nd time we were surprised to see Lionel Ritchie as the opener. Marvelous show both times. I have been a huge since fan since 1995 when they were on the SUE label. I also have records on LOMA> A&M, Liberty, UA, and others. She was the greatest Female R&R, and R&B of all time. There is nobody who can eplace her. What LEGS> RIP Tina. You will be missed by all.
Tina Turner was my all-time favorite Rock-in-roll artist! She will be greatly missed! Tina had an awesome voice! She could hit those high notes so easy! I really loved when she sang together with Bryan Adams, their voices together was so very amazing! Now I’m going to search for her early records to keep! I’ll miss you Tina Turner!! Will see you in Heaven! Hope and Pray your family can find some peace without you! XXOO
Just days before, someone commented , how nice my legs were. I thought, "TinaTurner legs". Always admired you and how you weathered the struggles and storms, how you remained true to the real Anna Mae, Tina T. Loved how Irwin stood next to you , by you, and you became parts of each other...down to his kidney, where the life force comes in at birth. You book was fabulous and reminded and help reflect me to me. You are and exemplary example of how and why one should hold steadfastly to the Anchor of God. I ask that all who loved you intimately be left with the beautiful fragrance of your heart and soul. Thank you for being the example of trust, faith steadfastness , hope, persistence. I am grateful to Irwin for being your rod and staff. RIP and may God reward you richly for the good you did and for the good you left behind. Amin Amin Amin ??
I loved Tina, her energy, her dancing and her music always made me feel good.
my H S experience was late 1960s n S E Okla,when radio stations were far less & all music genres were played together. I can NOT ever remember a. time , there was NOT afamous Tina Turner. y fond memories of her. include very high dance energy, wid stripe hair,a dynamic voice, her strenghth & determinaion. Tina T. was an inspiration & hope for all women in abusive relationships, a9nd or unavailable to especially. in those days., when professional care was limited/or unavilable for most. She. will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. Thank you Tina T. enjoy your new pae, health & rest. God Bless you and yours!.... e
When they call a female singer/dancer/performer a BELTER...........well, they are Thinking of the Take-No-Prisoners,All Out Rocker Tina T. Way to GO Girl. You were a Monster Performer with UNGodly Energy and a God-fearing, Sassy but Classy Lady too! Rest Now.