Tina Turner remembered as unstoppable and unapologetically herself

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Tributes continue to pour in from around the world as fans of rock icon, Tina Turner, share memories of her following her passing.
Turner, who was fondly known as the Queen of Rock n’ Roll, passed away last night at her Switzerland home after a long illness.
In 2016, she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer and had a kidney transplant the following year in 2017.
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November in 1939 and raised in Nutbush, Tennessee.
She was given her stage name by her former husband, Ike Turner. She started off singing in a church choir, before she later joined Ike’s band in St Louis, who she later married.
Her relationship with Ike, however, was riddled with abuse, as she would later recall in her 2018 biography My Love Story.
In the book she says: “My relationship with Ike was doomed the day he figured out I was going to be his moneymaker.”
“He needed to control me, economically and psychologically, so I could never leave him.”
The eight-time Grammy winner broke into the industry in the 1960s and went on to release hit records ever since.
The 83-year-old was popular for hits like, Simply The Best and What’s Love Got To Do With It.
Turner transformed the rock and roll scene, which had been dominated by white male musicians such as Mick Jagger, who later admitted to taking inspiration from her energetic live performances.
Turner is survived by her second husband, German music executive Erwin Bach.They married in 2013 after 27 years together.

Former US President, Barak Obama, shared his tribute to Turner, describing her as being powerful, unstoppable, and unapologetically herself, as she sang her truth through joy and pain, triumph and tragedy.

South African writer and historian James Hall also paid homage to the icon in a tweet.

Record breaking 32-time Grammy award-winning musician, Beyonce, has looked back on her 2008 Grammys duet with Turner.
She shared a picture from that night and wrote that she is grateful for Turner’s inspiration and all the ways she paved the way.
American renowned actress, Angela Bassett, who played Turner in the 1993 film What’s Love Got to Do with It has also taken to social media to share her memory of the legend.
She says after watching her biopic, Turner told her that she had done more than portray her in the movie, but she had reached deep into her soul, found her inner Tina, and showed her to the world.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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