Tina Turner, Queen of Rock and Roll, dies aged 83 after a long illness

Tina’s legendary, boundary-breaking music saw her become one of the biggest stars on the planet.

Tina Turner, the undisputed Queen of Rock and Roll, has died aged 83.

It’s been confirmed that Tina, who had largely retired from public life and recording in her final years, passed away in Switzerland, where she spent the latter part of her life. 

Born Anna Mae Bullock, Tina rose to fame in the 1960s as part of the duo Ike & Tina with her husband Ike Turner, the couple's biggest UK hit was soul-funk classic River Deep, Mountain High, which peaked at Number 3 in 1966.

Leaving Ike at the height of the duo's fame due to his abuse, Tina would lay low for most of the 70s, but came back in extravagant style in the 80s, pulling off one of pop's all-time comebacks and re-branding herself as a rock superstar with a series of lacquered, slinky synth-rock records like 1984's Private Dancer (UK Number 2 peak) and 1986's Break Every Rule (UK Number 2 peak). 

Tina's output at this time in her career - when most people would have written her off - is legendary, and includes all-time classics like What's Love Got To Do With It (Number 3 UK peak, but her first US Number 1 hit) and perhaps her most enduring classic, The Best, a resilient banger composed of hair-raising synths and the licks of an electric guitar, the best distillation of Tina's mid-career heel turn. 

See where all of Tina Turner's singles and albums charted in the UK here.

Retiring in 2000, Tina retreated to Switzerland (where she became a naturalised citizen) but did come out of retirement several times; she guested on Kygo's 2020 re-work of her own single What's Love Got To Do With It? which helped her become the first artist to achieve top 40 hits in seven consecutive decades on the UK Official Chart.

In 2021, she was inducted as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist (she was already inducted as part of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue) and was also the subject of a documentary film, Tina, which screened on Sky in the UK.

The eponymous musical based on her life is still a West End and touring hit around the country, and in 2021, Tina sold her back catalogue of hits to BMG in a landmark deal.

You can re-visit Tina Turner's Top 20 most-streamed songs in the UK here.

Article Image:  Pat Johnson/Shutterstock

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Mali Anže


Tina Turner had the most powerful and best voice in the world of music.


thierry henon


I still cannot believe it! So sad to hear that another legend has gone! She was indeed the queen of ROCK'N ROLL! She was amazing live! Always giving 100% to her fans when she was touring..she will be missed by everyone! RIP my dear friend. you will never be forgotten...


Rob Parkinson


Her back catalogue of hits is enormous, if you've ever taken time to listen to a full Tina Turner album, you won't be disappointed as her whole albums are full of amazing tracks. Hard to pick a favorite but I do love 'foreign affair' although eclipsed by the huge 'the best' the other tracks on the album are all phenomenal too. True legend, wish I had seen her live as an amazing performer in addition to singer, rest in peace while your legacy lives on




I’ll definitely listen to one of her albums at some point soon


Rob Parkinson


You won't regret it :)




That is so true my all time favourite is Break Every Rule to which she did just that! Every track different to the next. Have a listen I guarantee everyone you will love it! Especially when your driving on a long journey. Rest in peace blessings ❤️




RIP Tina Turner! 🙏

A true music icon.




RIP Tina Turner 💔🕊️




this is so sad, rest in peace to a legend


🧡 oliviasnoodles 🍜


omg such upsetting news 💔 thank you for the music tina, and rest easy. another legend taken