Legendary Singer, Tina Turner, dies at age 83

By: HBCU Staff

Grammy Award-winning, legendary singer, and music icon Tina Turner died at 83 at her home in Switzerland. Turner was known as the ‘Queen of Rock n’ Roll’ who pioneered the music industry and became a pop icon during the 1980s. Turner was known for hits such as “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and “Proud Mary.”  Turner won eight Grammy Awards over her career, in addition to a lifetime achievement award in 2018. Born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, Turner rose to fame as the lead singer of the duo Ike and Tina Turner, before going into her successful music career as a solo artist. 

Her spokesperson, Bernard Doherty, shared on Turner’s social media Tuesday afternoon stating,  “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. 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.” 

Vice President Harris shared a statement Thursday, mourning the death of the legendary singer. “Tina Turner was a spectacular woman whose life was a testament to all those who believe in what can be, unburdened by what has been.

Her strength, signature voice, and iconic moves inspired millions. An icon, her career was one of the most storied in the history of music. Among countless awards and honors, the ‘Queen of Rock & Roll’ was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame not just once, but twice.

Her life was not free from hardship. Throughout her life, she faced racism, sexism, and domestic violence. As she later put it, experiences that ‘could have shattered me, instead became fuel for my journey, propelling me upward.’ Tina Turner was simply the best. Today, Doug and I pray for her family and loved ones.”

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