She was simply the best. Tina Turner, the stiletto-wearing, gravel-voiced diva who heroically escaped the clutches of a domestic abuser to strike out on her own as an international superstar, died at her home in Switzerland after a long illness. She was 83.
TMZ was among the first to report the news, via a rep, who did not specify the nature of the illness.
Proud Mary personified, Turner’s glorious career had two musical acts. First, she gained fame as the soul-stirring singer to the innovative guitar-playing band leader Ike Turner as part of the wildly popular Ike and Tina Turner Review.
Later, she became an inspirational icon, rebounding from domestic abuse to build her own brand of musical dominance with such runaway hits as “Simply the Best,” “Private Dancer,” “I Don’t Wanna Fight” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”
Here’s a look back at Turner’s career.
Contributing: New York Daily News