Tina Turner - Getty
Tina Turner - Getty© Getty

Tina Turner, known as the Queen of Rock n’ Roll, has died at the age of 83 after a long illness.

The singer, who achieved global fame with a string of soulful hits including River Deep - Mountain High, The Best and What’s Love Got To Do With It, triumphed over early adversity and also overcame domestic abuse, to become one of the world’s most loved singers.

She died at her home in K├╝snacht near Zurich, Switzerland.

Announcing her death, a representative said the world had lost “a music legend and a role model”.

Tina Turner - Redferns
Tina Turner - Redferns© Provided by The Telegraph

“With her music and her inexhaustible vitality, Tina Turner thrilled millions of fans and inspired many artists of subsequent generations,” they added.

There will be a private funeral ceremony attended by close friends and family, they said.

Tributes from a music world in mourning

Tributes poured in, including from her manager of thirty years, Roger Davies, who described her as a “unique and remarkable force of nature, with her strength, incredible energy and immense talent”.

"From the first day I met her in 1980, she believed in herself completely when few others did at that time. It was a privilege and an honour to have been a close friend as well as her manager for more than 30 years,” he said, adding that he would miss the star “deeply”.

The White House issued a statement lamenting the “incredibly sad news” for the communities who loved Turner.

Fellow singer Gloria Gaynor described Turner as an "iconic legend who paved the way for so many women in rock music, black and white".

The Rolling Stones' Sir Mick Jagger, who duetted with Tina Turner during Live Aid in 1985, told of his sadness at the news of her passing, writing on Twitter:

Turner was born Anna-Mae Bullock in a segregated hospital in rural Nutbush, Tennessee - later immortalised in her song Nutbush City Limits - on November 26 1939, to parents Zelma Priscilla and farmworker Floyd Richard Bullock.

She endured a difficult childhood, separated from her elder sister, Aillene in early life when her parents moved to work in a munitions factory and she was sent to live with her religious grandparents.

She said later that she had received “no love” from either of her parents. Her mother left her father when she was only eleven years old over domestic abuse, and at thirteen, on her father’s remarriage, she and her sister were sent to live with her grandmother in Brownsville, Tennessee.

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Turner later supported domestic abuse charities, and Women’s Aid paid tribute to her work after her death, as “a survivor of domestic abuse who went on to inspire other women”.

The charity previously said it was "meaningful" to have "the story of such a powerful and influential woman supporting our mission".

An outgoing teenager, who enjoyed singing and cheerleading at her local high school, she graduated in 1958 and got a job in St Louis, Missouri, as a hospital nurse - it was in a St Louis nightclub with her sister that she first saw future husband Ike Turner, onstage with his band, The Kings of Rhythm.

Tina Turner - PA
Tina Turner - PA© Provided by The Telegraph

She became the leading lady of the “Ike and Tina Turner Revue”, and the couple, who married in 1962, toured together for years. However, Ike was violent towards her behind the scenes, forcing her to perform with bronchitis, pneumonia and a collapsed lung. He would choke her, throw hot coffee in her face, hit her and sexually assault her.

Turner later credited her Buddhist faith with empowering her to leave in 1976. In her forties, her career seemed to be on the wane at the end of the 1970s, but with the support of rock stars such as Rod Stewart, who convinced her to sing “Hot Legs” with him, and Mick Jagger, who duetted with her in a performance of “Honky Tonk Women” in the 1981-2 Rolling Stones tour, she reemerged as the "force of nature" she always had been.

Tina Turner - Rex Features
Tina Turner - Rex Features© Provided by The Telegraph

Her 1983 cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” became a runaway success and she emerged as a global star, with her 1984 album Private Dancer winning accolades. The 1993 film, What’s Love Got to Do With It, which tells her life story based on her autobiography I, Tina, scored Bassett a Golden Globe for Best Actress.

Turner had two sons, Craig, with saxophonist Raymond Hill, who died in 2018, and Ronald, with Ike Turner.

She relocated to Switzerland and found love in later life with former EMI record executive Erwin Bach. She said of their relationship: “It’s that happiness that people talk about, “when you wish for nothing, when you can finally take a deep breath and say, ‘Everything is good.’”

She formally retired in 2009, after her “Tina! 50th Anniversary” tour. “I was just tired of singing and making everybody happy,” she recalled to The New York Times. “That’s all I’d ever done in my life.”

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