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Tina Turner died "after a long illness": Now the official cause of death has been determined


Highlights: Tina Turner, 83, has died in her adopted home of Switzerland. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach says Turner described how homeopathy destroyed her kidney. Obama: "She spoke and sang her truth through joy and pain" Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger: "I'll never forget her" NASA: "Music legend Tina Turner shone as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll on stage and in millions of hearts. Their legacy will live on forever among the stars" The White House: "The White House mourns the loss of an icon"

With hits like "What's Love Got To Do With it" Tina Turner stormed the charts. Now the US singer died in her adopted home of Switzerland. Many people are grieving.

Update from May 26, 6:31 a.m.: Surprisingly, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) also reports on the death of Tina Turner. He refers to an old interview by Turner with the health portal "" and says: "Impressive description by Tina Turner of how homeopathy destroyed her kidney." This led to stroke and dialysis.

Update from May 25, 21:02 p.m.: According to media reports, the cause of Tina Turner's death has now been determined. The music icon is said to have died of natural causes, the Daily Mail claims to have learned from spokespersons for the singer. The 83-year-old died after a long, unspecified illness. Tina Turner's medical record was long, she struggled with colon cancer and high blood pressure, among other things.

Tina Turner dies after illness: NASA and Obama pay tribute to "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll"

Update from May 25, 13:50 p.m.: Even in the home village of the late rock icon Turner, the grief is great. In the meantime, residents of the Swiss municipality of Küsnacht have expressed their grief with flowers and candles at Villa Algonquin on Lake Zurich. The rock icon lived there until her death.

Turner, who lives in Switzerland by choice, moved into the villa in 1998. Already on Wednesday evening, fans and residents had gathered in front of the entrance gate of the property. A sign also reads "Simply The Best", alluding to one of their biggest hits.

Update from May 25, 11:30 a.m.: The death of Tina Turner has made big waves all over the world. Even NASA now commemorates the deceased musician. The U.S. Space and Flight Science Agency's Twitter account reads: "Simply the best," apparently alluding to Turner's 1989 hit "Simply The Best."

NASA continues: "Music legend Tina Turner shone as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll on stage and in millions of hearts. Their legacy will live on forever among the stars." Hundreds of thousands of people have already reacted to the post.

"Star whose light will never fade": Obama reacts to the death of Tina Turner

After President Joe Biden, ex-US President Barack Obama has now also reacted to the death of the deceased musician. On Twitter, Obama writes: "Tina Turner was powerful, she was unstoppable and she was unapologetically herself". He goes on to explain, "She spoke and sang her truth through joy and pain."


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Obama declares: "Today, together with fans around the world, we honor the queen of rock 'n' roll and a star whose light will never fade."

Update from May 25, 9:15 a.m.: Following the death of Tina Turner, numerous celebrities have expressed their condolences. TV entertainer Thomas Gottschalk wrote on Instagram: "She was a power woman. One of the first and one of the last! One of her songs was called: 'I might have been Queen'. For me, it was." In addition, the "Wetten dass...?" presenter several pictures of herself and Tina Turner, which had been taken during various broadcasts of Gottschalk over the years.

In 1996, Tina Turner and Thomas Gottschalk danced a Viennese waltz on the TV show "Wetten, dass...?". © Werner Getzmann/dpa

Mick Jagger, singer of the Rolling Stones, also commented on Instagram. "I am so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner. She was truly a tremendously talented artist and singer. She was inspiring, warm, fun and generous," the 79-year-old Briton wrote. He added, "She helped me so much when I was young, and I'll never forget her." Jagger posted a photo of an ecstatically dancing young Tina Turner.

Tina Turner dies at the age of 83 – White House mourns loss of an "icon"

The White House also reacted to the death of the rock legend, with a spokeswoman for President Joe Biden speaking of a "great loss". In the daily White House press conference, she added: "Tina Turner was an icon, a music icon who in her career (...) had a lot of great moments."

Canadian singer Bryan Adams (63) said: "The world has just lost one of the greatest artists of all time. I will be forever grateful for the time we spent together on tour, in the studio and as friends." He thanked Turner for "inspiring millions of people around the world" to whom she had given her vote. There was also great grief at Turner's place of residence. Many people laid candles and flowers in front of the singer's house in Switzerland, in Küsnacht near Zurich, on Wednesday evening. The star of the legendary singer on Hollywood's "Walk of Fame" was also decorated with flowers.

Tina Turner died "after a long illness" – cause of death not yet known

First reported on 24 May: Munich/Zurich – Rock singer Tina Turner has died. The US-born actress died on Wednesday (24 May) at the age of 83 in her adopted home of Switzerland, a spokesman for the family announced in the evening. There she lived for many years in the town of Küsnacht near Zurich. She died after a long illness, it was said. However, the exact cause of death is still unknown. Turner has struggled with health problems for the past ten years. She suffered a stroke in 2013, three years later the singer was diagnosed with colon cancer, and in 2017 she had to undergo a kidney transplant.

A statement was released on Tina Turner's official Instagram account. It reads: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and boundless 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 work: her music. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you very much."

Singer Tina Turner dies at the age of 83 – she achieved numerous world hits

Turner was born on November 26, 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee in the United States. Her real name was Anna Mae Bullock, and she became a world star under her stage name Tina Turner. In the late 60s, together with her husband at the time, she celebrated her first successes as the singer of the band Ike & Tina Turner Revue.

Tina Turner is dead. The singer died at the age of 83. © Christian Charisius/dpa

The couple's relationship was turbulent, Ike Turner was also violent towards his wife in the marriage. But Tina Turner couldn't get away from him and only managed to escape from a hotel in 1976. In order to get the divorce over with quickly, she gave up all financial claims. At the end of the 80s, she soberly summed up: "It was not a good life", as can be seen in a 2021 documentary. Since their best years were just coming. After separating from her husband both privately and professionally, the singer was also successful worldwide as a solo artist.

After a tough split from husband Ike, Tina Turner takes off solo

However, the beginning was tough, Turner restarted with almost 40 and only a few cents in his pocket. As a single mother of two sons, she fought her way through. At first, Turner sang and danced only in clubs and hotels. The singer later said she cleaned where she stayed: "Better someone else cleaning lady than Ike Turner's wife!" In 1984, at the age of 45, she made her breakthrough as a solo artist with her album "Private Dancer". It earned her four Grammys. The hit "What's Love Got To Do With It?" sounded like a self-deprecating, but also bitter review of his marriage to Ike.

Tina Turner is also considered a great role model for today's world stars like Beyoncé Knowles. She thrilled millions of fans worldwide with her music, but also with her energetic live performances. In total, Turner sold over 180 million albums. In the charts she landed numerous world hits, in addition to "What's Love Got To Do With it" also songs like "Private Dancer" and "The Best". In addition, Turner was awarded a total of eight Grammys in her career.

Turner married a German and moved with him to Switzerland

She also found happiness in her private life. In the mid-80s, the German Erwin Bach became the man at Tina Turner's side. The couple moved to Küsnacht on Lake Zurich in Switzerland about ten years later. Turner later also took Swiss citizenship. She rejected Bach's marriage proposals for years until she finally said yes in 2013 – Turner was 73 at the time, he was 57. Bach donated a kidney to his wife in 2017.

Tina Turner and her German husband Erwin Bach. © Massimo Percossi/dpa

Turner's son Craig from a teenage relationship died by suicide in 2018 at the age of 59. Her second biological son from her marriage to Ike Turner, Ronnie Turner, also died in 2022 at the age of 62. The singer had also adopted two boys that Ike had brought into the marriage.

In her own words, the Buddhist woman was not afraid of dying. "I'm ready when the door opens," she told Die Zeit in October 2018. Turner had colon cancer and kidney failure. Her German husband Erwin Bach donated a kidney to her in 2017. The Turner family spokesperson said in a statement: "There will be a private funeral attended by close friends and family. Please respect the family's privacy during these difficult times." (KH with dpa)

Source: merkur

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