By: Kirk Jackson
The entertainment industry, the music world specifically, lost a beloved icon, as it was reported Tina Turner has died at the age of 83, her rep confirmed on May 24.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner,” their statement, posted across her social media pages, read.
“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow. Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”
With her passing, Turner’s husband is set to inherit nearly half her estimated $250 million fortune.
Turner married music producer Erwin Bach, 67, a decade ago after a 27-year romance, and he donated a kidney to her to save her life in 2017.
Bach supported her through her through several health issues, including her 2013 stroke just, before they married. They married in July 2013, in a civil ceremony on the banks of Lake Zurich in Küsnacht, Switzerland.
Tina’s singer daughter-in-law Afida, 46, who is the widow of her late son Ronnie, told the Sunday Mirror about how the star’s wealth was likely to be split: “As she married in Switzerland, I think around 47 per cent will go to the spouse and the rest to the children.”
Afida Turner was married to Ronnie Turner in 2007 until his death in 2022 aged 62 from complications linked to colon cancer.
Known as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the icon rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, before launching a successful career as a solo performer.
She was noted for her swagger, sensuality, irresistible aura, and overpowering energy, along with her infamous legs.
Turner began her career with Ike Turner’s band Kings of Rhythm in 1957. Initially known under the name Little Ann, she appeared on her first record, “Boxtop,” in 1958.
In 1960, she debuted as Tina Turner with the hit duet single “A Fool in Love.” The duo Ike and Tina Turner released hits such as “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine,” along with “River Deep – Mountain High,” and other hits like “Proud Mary,” and “Nutbush City Limits,” before disbanding in 1976.
Turner’s 1984 multi-platinum album Private Dancer contained the hit song “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” in which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became her only number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100.
Turner also set a record, as the oldest female solo artist to top the Hot 100, at the age of 44.
The legendary musician was one of the more decorated and accomplished artists of all time.
Turner received a star for music on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986 and was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a duo with Ike Turner in 1991.
Turner also has the distinction as the only female artist to have won a Grammy in the pop, rock, and R&B fields.
As of May 2023, Turner has reportedly sold around 100 to 150 million records worldwide.
There are numerous accolades and accomplishments, too many to count, along with an influence and immeasurable impact that will be felt for generations to come.
The Scope Network sends our condolences to the family and friends of Tina Turner. Rest in peace.