"Simply the Best" singer passed away in Switzerland after a long illness
Singer, dancer, actress and author Tina Turner "died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness," her publicist said on Wednesday. She spent her last days at her home in Kusnacht near Zurich.
Turner had a long and storied career, accompanied by a turbulent personal life. Born Anna Mae Bullock in the US state of Tennessee in 1939, she started performing with Ike Turner in 1957. By 1960, she debuted under the stage name Tina Turner, with a hit duet 'A Fool in Love.'
The duo married in 1962 and sang their way to fame and fortune with hits such as 'Proud Mary', until a bitter break-up in 1976 revealed Ike's heavy drug use and physical abuse of his wife. Tina Turner spent the next six years performing at cabaret shows and doing TV gigs, until she recorded 'Private Dancer' in 1983.
In 1984, 'What's Love Got to Do with It' became the number-one hit on the Billboard 100. She took on a supporting role in 'Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome' in 1985, achieving success as an actress. A cover of Bonnie Tyler's 'The Best' on her 1989 album 'Foreign Affairs' became far better known than the original, and often mistakenly called 'Simply the Best.'
Turner recorded the title song for the 1995 James Bond film 'Goldeneye.' She announced her retirement from touring in 2000, but came back in 2008 for a 50th anniversary tour and a greatest hits album.
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