Breaking News: Tina Turner, American singer and queen of rock n’ roll, dies at 83

Tina Turner, American singer considered the queen of rock n’ roll, has died at the age of 83. The death was confirmed by her aide to the Sky News website and the cause was not revealed.

Tina and her ex-husband, Ike Turner, who died of a cocaine overdose in 2007 , were very successful in the late 1960s and early 1970s. After being beaten by her then-husband, she and he divorced.

The singer of hits like “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” launched a solo career in the 1980s.

Anna Mae Bullock was born into a poor family in the United States. At age 15, she was abandoned by her parents and sang in nightclubs to support herself.

In one of the presentations, he met Ike Turner with the band The Kings of Rhythm. Anna Mae insisted on a backing vocal spot and soon became one of the lead singers. The songs soon started to be successful and Ike and Anna Mae decided to form a duo. Upon marriage, she adopted the stage name Tina Turner and, alongside her husband, dominated the soul music scene in the 60s and 70s.

In personal life, however, the marriage was marked by fights and scandals. Alcoholic and drug addict, Ike blamed Tina for the duo’s decline, violently assaulted, humiliated and betrayed her. She appeared in public several times with a black eye or a swollen lip. After 18 years, she got tired of the abuse and decided to leave her husband. In court, she proposed giving up all her assets in exchange for being able to keep the Turner surname.

Tina started over from scratch. With no money, she lived with a friend and opened for other famous groups, such as the Bee Gees. To return to the music scene, she bet on rock, influenced by the Rolling Stones and David Bowie. She also adopted a new style, with bold clothes and spiky blonde hair.

In 1984, he released the album ‘Private dancer’. The hit ‘Whats love gotta do with it’ saw a meteoric rise and helped Tina sell over ten million copies worldwide. The title of queen of rock came at the age of 45. She showed off her beautiful legs, sang and danced without losing her breath, bringing the crowd to ecstasy.

In 1986, she launched the biography ‘Eu, Tina: the story of my life’, which tells the professional and personal trajectory with her ex-husband, in addition to revealing the constant aggressions. The book was made into a film in 1993, starring Angela Basset and Laurence Fishburne. Ike died in 2007.

The next album was ‘Break every rule’, with which Tina went on the biggest tour of her career. It was 14 months travelling. One show on this tour in Brazil entered the record books: the singer brought together no less than 184,000 people in a single performance at Maracanã. The show was broadcast live around the world.

In the early 90s, he released the song ‘The best’, which became the theme of some athletes. One of them was Ayrton Senna, who took the stage next to Tina during a presentation.

Tina Turner’s work was not restricted to music. She made her theatrical debut in the 1975 film ‘Tommy’. Ten years later, she had another hit: ‘Mad Max – Beyond Thunder Dome’. She was also responsible for the feature film’s theme, which dominated the charts. The singer recorded the soundtrack for many other productions, including ‘007 against Golden Eye’.

The song’s success prompted Tina Turner, then 56, to release a new album, ‘Wildest Dreams’. At the end of the 90s, she released her ninth solo album and announced her retirement from the stage. ‘Twenty four seven’ only had two hits, but the farewell mood drew millions to the shows.

In 2008, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards, he gave a historic performance. In addition to singing her greatest hits, she performed a duet with pop singer Beyoncé. At 73, Tina Turner surpassed Meryl Streep to become the oldest woman to grace the cover of Vogue magazine. The singer has lived for two decades with her husband, Erwin Bach, in Switzerland. Last year, she renounced her US citizenship and gained Swiss nationality.

Tina Turner is one of the great music divas still alive. Few artists have equaled so many numbers: eight Grammys and 100 million copies sold worldwide. The queen of rock turns 75 with no new releases planned, but leaves the certainty that she conquered the world with one of the most outstanding voices in music. And, for many, she is simply the best.