Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock & Roll’, died at the age of 83 in 2023, and fans are mourning her loss by looking at the photos of the songstress’ young days
Tina Turner passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at her home in Küsnacht, near Zurich in Switzerland. The iconic singer’s publicist, Bernard Doherty, announced the sad news but did not immediately reveal the cause of death.
Tina began her illustrious music career in high school in the late 1950s. It all started after she joined her ex-husband Ike Turner’s band, the Kings of Rythm. In her over five-decade-long music career, Tina produced hits like Proud Mary, What’s Love Got to Do with It, Private Dancer, I Don’t Wanna Lose You, and more.
Many fans took to Twitter to mourn the Grammy winner’s death and some reminisced on her life by looking at her young photos.
LOOK: Photos of a Young Tina Turner
Tina strikes a playful pose with ex-husband Ike Turner in a 1961 picture. The songstress was 22 at the time.
The picture below is from 1964 and sees a 25-year-old Tina posing for a portrait picture.
Below is a picture of the same year that sees Tina perform in Dallas, Texas, with her then-husband, Ike.
Tina is pictured in an intense moment in the recording studio in 1969. She was 30 years old in the picture.
Another picture from 1969 shows a striking pose as she looks stunning in her performance outfit.
Tina and Ike pose together in 1972. The singer was 33 in this picture.
Tina pictured with a young Elton John in 1975 at Tommy movie’s press conference. She was 36 at the time. This picture was taken three years before Tina and Ike’s divorce in 1978.
In most of her old pictures, Tina is featured either giving a power-packed performance on-stage, spending time in the music studio, or with her husband.
Tina’s advice to her younger self
In her April 2023 interview with British Vogue, Tina gave poignant advice to her younger self.
When the interviewer asked what words of wisdom she would utter to her younger version, the 83-year-old urged her past self to “stay strong” and “continue wanting more.”
“I would tell myself to stay strong and continue wanting more and fighting for it all! It will come, and it will be worth the wait!” she said.
When asked about her secret to living life well, Tina reminisced about her life and the sad times in it. “My life has been full, but with lots of sad times that I now forgive and strive to forget,” she said.
She also added: “To keep moving forward, to let go, and aim to fill your life with love. That is where I am now and I am grateful.”
It is no secret that Tina was not only talented but also a hard worker. After her 2009 world tour concluded, the singer reflected on her career while talking to BBC.
She recalled that in the last 50 years, she had spent almost every night either on a bus, in a car, in a hotel, or on a plane. She expressed how she desired change. “There was only that life for me. And at some point, I didn’t want to dance and sing anymore. I wanted to be at home and be normal.”
The songstress was the most sought-after musician in the 1980s pop landscape. She won six of her eight Grammys in the ’80s.
Fans and fellow musicians mourn singer’s loss
Following Tina’s passing, many took to social media to pay her a touching tribute.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Tina Turner. Her powerful voice and strength will forever be etched in our hearts and memories. She paved the way for so many of us in the music industry and her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come,” Christina Aguilera wrote.
“I just heard about Tina Turner’s passing, and it hit my heart. I’m immediately hearing THAT VOICE, I’m seeing THAT ENERGY, and I’m feeling that strength, sensuality, determination, and passion. That LIFE FORCE,” country music artist Keith Urban said.
“Tina Turner was in a legendary league of her own. RIP queen!” a fan said.
“You were very much a legend and role model for so many of us!” another fan wrote.
“Rest in power to the incomparable queen of rock: Tina Turner,” another Twitter user said.