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Swiss-American singer Tina Turner dies at 83

Tina Turner, ‘Queen of Rock n Roll’, dies aged 83 in Switzerland, her spokesperson has said.

In a statement, they said: “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 Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland.

“With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.”

The US-born star was one of the best-loved female rock singers, known for her on-stage charisma and a string of hits including The Best, Proud Mary, Private Dancer and What’s Love Got to Do With It.

She rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue before launching a successful career as a solo performer.

Tina gave birth to her eldest child Craig when she was 18, after getting pregnant by saxophone player Raymond Hill.

Another son, Ronnie, was born in 1960, to parents Tina and her husband Ike Turner.

The couple split in 1976, after Tina accused Ike of abuse.

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On July 3, 2018, her eldest son, Craig, died in an apparent suicide aged 59.

A Los Angeles coroner confirmed that Craig was found dead at his home in Studio City, California, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In 2018, Tina revealed in her 2018 book My Love Story that she had suffered life-threatening health issues in recent years.

In 2013, three weeks after her wedding to Erwin Bach, she had a stroke, and needed to learn to walk again.

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