Beyoncé performing with Tina Turner at the 2008 Grammy Awards (Reuters)
Nicknamed the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" and trailing many female singers after her, iconic singerTina Turner passed away on Wednesday at the age of 83 at her home in Switzerland. Now the official cause of death is being ascertained.
After the singer's death, excerpts from her memoir resurfaced, in which she admitted that she had previously contemplated suicide in 2016, and even revealed that she had signed up for a suicide aid organization and mentally prepared herself for the possibility that she would die after suffering severe kidney damage due to her high blood pressure. But according to reports in the Daily Mail, Turner's representatives confirmed that she died of natural causes after a long battle with colon cancer.
The singer was diagnosed in 1978 with high blood pressure and in 2016 she began the fight against cancer. At the same time, her kidneys failed and she underwent a kidney transplant in 2017, donated to her by her husbandErwin Bach. In her 2021 documentary, she revealed that she experienced post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of her tumultuous marriage to her ex-husband, Ike Turner.
A statement released upon her death on May 24 read: "With her music and unlimited passion for life, she has 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 creation: her music. Tina, we will miss you very much."
- Tina Turner