Tina Turner is dead
Tina Turner died at home today at the age of 83 after a long illness. She is shown in 2019

Tina Turner: Music icon dies at 83

Tina Turner, the iconic singer is dead at age 83. The singer is said to have died at her home in Switzerland after a long illness on Wednesday.

Her representatives in a statement said she died at her home in Küsnacht near Zurich.

This is coming after a long unspecified illness. 

"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,' the statement from her representatives read.

Tina Turner the Music legend

Singer Tina Turner's soul classics and pop hits like The Best and What's Love Got to Do With It made her a superstar.

Turner had suffered a number of health issues in recent years including cancer, a stroke and kidney failure, reports the BBC.

She rose to fame alongside husband Ike in the 1960s with songs including Proud Mary and River Deep and Mountain High.

She divorced the abusive Ike in 1978, and went on to find even greater success as a solo artist in the 1980s.

Turner will be remembered as the Queen of Rock 'N' Roll. She is pictured in 1996. GETTY IMAGES

She was born in 1939 in Brownsville, Tennessee.  

She rose to fame as part of the Ike and Tina Turner duo in the 70s before launching a solo career that is among the most successful of any female performer in history. 

Dubbed the Queen of Rock 'N' Roll, she is survived by three children and her husband Erwin Bach. 

The pair married in 2013 after years of friendship. 

She was previously married to Ike Turner, who died in 2007. 

In December last year, Turner's oldest son Ronnie died at the age of 62 from complications caused by colon cancer.  

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In March 1971, Tina & Ike Turner & Wilson Picket arrived in Accra, Ghana, to play an epic 15-hour legendary "Soul to Soul" Independence Day concert.

The show also featured other African American musicians as well as. The show was held at the Independence Square on 6th March 1971.

Two of her sons tragically preceded her in death; in 2018, her son Craig, then 59, killed himself at home in Los Angeles.  

In December last year, Turner's son Ronnie died at the age of 62 from complications caused by colon cancer. 

Her marriage to Ike was also plagued with physical and emotional abuse, which she discussed in interviews in recent years. 

In what is thought to be her final interview with The Guardian last month, when asked how she would like to be remembered, she said: 'As the Queen of Rock’n’Roll. 

'As a woman who showed other women that it is OK to strive for success on their own terms.'

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