Brownsville-born rock and soul singer, Tina Turner, has passed away at the age of 83. An official announcement of her death was made on her Instagram account 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.
According to The Guardian, Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) had been facing a variety of health complications after being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016.
Turner’s career first picked up while working with her husband to create ‘Ike & Tina Turner.’ The musical duo made a variety of hits between 1960 to 1976, before she embarked on her solo endeavors.
The legendary singer went on to release anthems like “Proud Mary,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Private Dancer,” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero” to name just a humble few. Dubbed the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ Turner’s triumphant success paved the way for Black women in music.
“One of my early career goals was to become the first Black woman to fill stadiums around the world,” Turner once told NBC. “At the time, it seemed impossible. But I never gave up, and I’m so happy I made that dream come true.”
After accumulating a plethora of different accolades, she released her final solo album, Twenty Four Seven, in 1999. By 2018, she had a popular Broadway show known as TINA – The Tina Turner Musical. And in 2021, she became the second woman ever inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock’n Roll’ has died…With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model,” shared her publicist, Bernard Doherty, in a statement.
Various NYC music halls commemorated the late singer, including Webster Hall.
NYC fans also paid tribute to her at Harlem’s Apollo Theater yesterday by gathering outside. The music hall’s pediment read “Remembering the Queen of Rock’n Roll Tina Turner.”