The Loss of an Icon: Tina Turner Dies at 83

Tina Turner

amfAR mourns the loss of global soul superstar Tina Turner, who has passed away at the age of 83 at her home in Switzerland. 

Ms. Turner’s rise to stardom alongside husband Ike Turner is legendary, as is her rise from the ashes to scale new heights and reach a global audience as a solo artist after the couple’s acrimonious and very public divorce.

She was honored in 2018 with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a duo with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo recording artist in 2021.

In 2016, a cover of her blockbuster hit “What’s Love Got to Do With It” was recorded by the band DNCE as part of a compilation of 1980s cover songs, The Time Is Now, released to benefit amfAR.

In 1997, Ms. Turner performed a selection of songs at the Macy’s Passport fashion show in San Francisco.Macy’s Passport is a fund to support education, research, services and programs for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

“Tina Turner was a truly iconic recording artist and was widely revered among the LGBTQ community,” said amfAR Chief Executive Officer Kevin Robert Frost. “Her music and her extraordinary talent brought communities of people around the world together, and who couldn’t admire her extraordinary passion, energy, and resilience? She will be greatly missed.” 

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