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Tina Turner dies

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Tina Turner has died, following a long period of illness, at her home in Switzerland. She was 83.Her longtime manager, Roger Davies, who worked with Turner throughout most of her solo career, said in a statement: “Tina was a unique and remarkable force of nature with her strength, incredible energy and immense talent.

From the first day I met her in 1980, she believed in herself completely when few others did at that time. I will miss her deeply”.Born Anna Mae Bullock in 1939, she began her career in music when she joined her future husband Ike Turner’s band The Kings Of Rhythm in 1957.

In 1960, he made her frontwoman of the band and – without her knowledge – renamed her Tina Turner, trademarking her new stage name so that he could replace her with another Tina if she ever left the group.The couple married in 1962, and as Ike & Tina Turner had a very successful career with songs such as ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ and ‘Proud Mary’.

However, behind the scenes Ike’s controlling and physically abusive behaviour towards Tina was a constant – something she documented in her first memoir – ‘I, Tina’ – in 1986, which was adapted into the 1993 film ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It?’She eventually left Ike in 1976 and, when their divorce was finalised two years later, she received a settlement that gave her two cars and the rights to continue using her stage name.

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