Above: File video from a visit to the Tina Turner Museum in Brownsville in 2015
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Legendary singer Tina Turner is dead, her manager said Wednesday. She was 83.
Her death was confirmed by a post to her official Facebook page.
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock in 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee, about 60 miles northeast of Memphis. There is a Tina Turner Museum in Brownsville.
Turner came to fame as a musical artist with then-husband Ike Turner in the late 1950s and ’60s before embarking on a successful solo career.
In 1968, she and Ike recorded “Too Hot To Hold” at Royal Studios in Memphis, and returned the next year to record “The Hunter.” Royal Studios is still in operation at the same location in South Memphis.
She had a Grammy-winning hit song titled “What’s Love Got To Do With It” in 1984, which led to a biopic movie by the same name in the 1990s. “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” debuted on Broadway in 2019 — the book for the show was written by Memphis playwright Katori Hall and hit the stage at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis earlier this year.
Turner was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2021, and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2019. She is remembered as one of the best-selling artists of all time and the “Queen of Rock N Roll.”
Turner died at her home in Switzerland.
The Stax Museum released the following statement:
“Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock and Roll, overcame many challenges in her life to become possibly the most famous female singer of all time,” said Tim Sampson, Communications Director for the Soulsville Foundation. “That she is from the tiny town of Nutbush, Tennessee just north of Memphis, is no coincidence, given the amount of raw talent and soul that emerged from this area. She will always be remembered and celebrated at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, where her dress, shoes, and other memorabilia are on permanent display. Our thoughts are with her husband, family, and fans throughout the world.”