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Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock’ dies at 83: What was the cause of death?

The US-born singer, dancer, actress and author passed away in her naturalised homeland of Switzerland.

Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock’ dies at 83
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Legendary musician Tina Turner has passed away at the age of 83. The US-born singer, widely considered to be one of the greatest rock singers of all time, died on Wednesday, her spokesperson confirmed.

“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,” it read.

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

Even after her retirement, more than two decades ago, Turner’s incredible voice and era-defining songs remained amongst the most popular in the genre.

How did Tina Turner die?

Turner announced her retirement from music in 2000 after a career spanning five decades.

“I was just tired of singing and making everybody happy,” she said in an interview with New York Times in 2019. “That’s all I’d ever done in my life.”

She performed alongside Beyonce at the Grammy awards in 2008, marking 50 years since her on-stage debut, but has not returned to the stage since.

In recent years she had suffered with health issues. In 2016 she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer and she received a kidney transplant in 2017.

The statement from her spokesperson confirmed that her long battle with ill health had been the cause of the icon’s death.