Singer Tina Turner dies aged 83

Tina Turner performing in 1990
Tina Turner performing in 1990

Singer Tina Turner, one of rock’s most famous voices who had hits including Proud Mary and The Best, has died at the age of 83 after a long illness, her publicist has said.

Turner had suffered ill health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.

“With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model,” her representatives said in a statement. “There will be a private funeral ceremony attended by close friends and family. Please respect the privacy of her family at this difficult time.”

The White House mourned the “massive loss” of the American-Swiss singer. “That is incredibly sad news. Tina Turner was an icon, a music icon,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Turner’s official Instagram account hailed the singer’s “boundless passion for life” and said she had “inspired the stars of tomorrow”.

It posted a black-and-white picture of Turner, with the caption: “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.”

In a career spanning over 60 years, Turner, who was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, won eight competitive Grammy Awards and has a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St Louis Walk of Fame.