Singer Tina Turner has died at the age of 83 after a long illness.
Tina fell ill health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.
A statement posted on her official Facebook page Wednesday read, “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.”
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November 1939 and raised in Nutbush, Tennessee, where she recalled picking cotton with her family as a child. She sang in the tiny town’s church choir.
Turner’s life was one of musical greatness and personal trauma, as she fled an abusive relationship from her musical mentor and first husband, Ike Turner, to achieve unlikely pop stardom in the ‘80s with “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”