Some very sad news to report this evening, as a true icon has left us. Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock'n Roll, has passed away at the age of 83.
According to a statement from a Turner representative (via Variety), the legendary singe/actress "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,”
Turner's career spanned generations, and she picked up multiple Grammy Awards along the way. A household name, her biggest hits include The Best, Proud Mary, Private Dancer and What's Love Got to Do With It.
In addition to her status as one of the biggest and best vocalists of all time, Turner made a few movie appearances, most notably as the villainous Aunty Entity in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. She also played the Acid Queen in Ken Russell's movie adaptation of the Who's Tommy.
Turner's tumultuous relationship with and eventual split from abusive ex-husband Ike Turner was covered in 1993's What's Love Got To Do With It, which starred Angela Bassett in the lead role.
All our thoughts go out to Tina's friends and family during this difficult time.