TINA TURNER DEATH – THE LATEST: Queen of rock ‘n’ roll dies ‘peacefully’ at Switzerland home aged 83 after ‘long battle’ with unspecified illness
- Turner died at home in Küsnach near Zurich, her representatives have confirmed
- The songstress, famed for hits like Proud Mary and What’s Love Got to Do With It, died after a battling a long, unspecified illness in her home, not far from Zurich
Follow along for DailyMail.com’s coverage on the newly announced death of seminal songstress Tina Turner, who reps said died peacefully Wednesday in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, following a lengthy battle with an unknown illness.
The illnesses that had plagued the songstress before her death
Reps for the widely recognized Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll would not say what caused her death Wednesday, but it is known that she had been ill health for the past several years.
Diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016, she had a successful kidney transplant in 2017, perhaps saving her life.
The person to provide her with the vital organ was her husband, German music executive Erwin Bach, whom she wed in 2013.
In 2018, Tina Turner recalled the difficult decision between dialysis and a transplant in her autobiography My Love Story, giving some insight into her illness – and the relationship with her now widow – in the process.
‘Only the transplant would give me a good chance of a near-normal life. But the chances of getting a donor kidney were remote,’ Turner recalled of that December day.
Adding that she didn’t want to ‘live on a machine,’ she said: ‘It wasn’t my idea of life. But the toxins in my body had started taking over.
‘I couldn’t eat. I was surviving but not living. I began to think about death.’
She continued: ‘If my kidneys were going, and it was time for me to die, I could accept that. It was OK. When it’s time, it’s really time.’
Shockingly, she also wrote that she signed up for assisted suicide, before her husband selflessly jumped in – and was found to be a match.
‘He said he didn’t want another woman, or another life,’ Turner recalled at the time.
‘Then he shocked me. He said he wanted to give me one of his kidneys.’
The operation was eventually a success, and came as Turner was still on the mend from her aformentioned bout with cancer – then in remission. Shortly before, she suffered a ‘mild stroke’, around the time she wed her second husband.
Musician’s family issues statement
Tina Turner has died aged 83 – with her reps announcing her passing through a statement.
It read as follows: ‘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.’
The illness that caused her death is still not known. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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