Friday, 19 July

'The Best' hitmaker Tina Turner dead

American Rock n Roll icon Tina Turner, alias Anna Mae Bullock

Tina Turner - one of rock's great vocalists and most charismatic performers - has died aged 83, her spokesperson has confirmed.

In a statement, they said: "Tina Turner, the 'Queen of Rock 'n' Roll' has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland.

"With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model."

The US-born star was one of the great female rock singers, known for her electric on-stage presence and a string of hits including The Best, Proud Mary, Private Dancer and What's Love Got to Do With It.

She first found fame in the 1960s alongside ex-husband Ike Turner, with the classic song River Deep, Mountain High among their repertoire.

The domestic abuse Ike subjected his wife to was documented in a 1993 Hollywood biopic starring Angela Bassett, which won three Oscars.

Her life story was also immortalised in a popular West End show that is still running.

Turner's popularity as a solo artist waned in the 1970s, but her career was resurrected when she signed with Capitol Records in the 1980s.

A hit cover of Al Green's Let's Stay Together led to the Private Dancer album in 1984 - which went on to sell more than 10 million copies.