American-born singer Tina Turner, who transcended a challenging upbringing and an abusive relationship to emerge as one of the most influential recording artists in history, passed away at the age of 83 on Wednesday.
Her representative confirmed that she peacefully passed away at her residence in Küsnacht, Switzerland, following a prolonged illness.
Nicknamed the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Turner won six of her eight Grammy Awards in the 1980s. The decade saw her land a dozen songs on the Top 40, including “Typical Male,” “The Best,” “Private Dancer” and “Better Be Good to Me.” Her 1988 show in Rio de Janeiro drew 180,000 people, which remains one of the largest concert audiences for any single performer.
In 1985, Turner gave a fictional turn to her reputation as a survivor. She played the ruthless leader of an outpost in a nuclear wasteland, acting opposite Mel Gibson in the third installment in the Mad Max franchise, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.”
Tina Turner’s musical contributions extended to Disney as well. She lent her vocals to the songs “Easy As Life” (with Angélique Kidjo) in the concept album Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida and “Great Spirits” in the 2003 Disney animated film Brother Bear. Additionally, her powerful rendition of “He Lives in You” graced the international release of The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride and the compilation album The Lion King Collection. In the 2021 live-action prequel/spin-off Cruella, her captivating cover of “Whole Lotta Love” was prominently featured.
Furthermore, Turner’s remarkable life story was portrayed by Angela Bassett in the 1993 Touchstone Pictures film What’s Love Got to Do with It.
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