Details of Tina Turner’s battle with multiple illnesses have surfaced after the singer’s death at the age of 83.
The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll on Wednesday succumbed to her fight with a long illness, her representative revealed. While the nature of the disease remains unclear, Turner previously fought a string of health complications including cancer, kidney disease, and a stroke.
By 2016, Tina’s kidneys were functioning at just less than 30 percent after she gave up on kidney disease medication that was caused by untreated hypertension the singer had been suffering from since the late 1970s.
In 2017, The Best hitmaker finally underwent a life-saving kidney transplant that prolonged her life but also came with side effects such as “dizziness, forgetfulness, anxiety, and the occasional bout of insane diarrhea.”
“I know that my medical adventure is far from over. There’s always another test, another doctor’s appointment or biopsy to get through,” the singer wrote in her 2017 memoir. “We’re both still here, closer than we ever imagined and that’s cause for celebration.”
In 2013 – before her kidney disease became unbearable and just months after she tied the knot with her second husband, Erwin Bach – Turner suffered a stroke that landed her in a hospital for almost two weeks and made her feel as if she was paralyzed.
“I woke up suddenly and in a panic. A lightning bolt struck my head and my right leg — at least that’s how it felt — and I had a funny sensation in my mouth that made it difficult for me to call out to Erwin for help. I suspected it wasn’t good, but it was worse than I ever imagined. I was having a stroke,” she explained in her memoir.
“I didn’t have the strength to get up. Terrified, I dragged myself over to a sofa, all the while thinking that I couldn’t imagine Tina Turner paralyzed.”
Just three years after her stroke, the singer was diagnosed with intestinal cancer and underwent surgery to have tumors removed from her intestines. The procedure, in return, further delayed Tina’s much-needed kidney transplant.
On top of all these medical complications, Tina also suffered from PTSD as a result of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-husband Ike Turner before the pair split up in 1978.
“It wasn’t a good life. The good did not balance the bad. I had an abusive life, there’s no other way to tell the story. It’s a reality. It’s a truth. That’s what you’ve got, so you have to accept it,” Tina previously admitted in a 2021 documentary called TINA.
While the exact cause of the singer’s death remains a mystery, Tina’s representative confirmed that she died at her home in Switzerland after a long illness.
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She was a great entertainer,I loved her singing and dancing.RIP lovley Lady.
RIP Tina. Best Queen of Rock n Roll ever! Love all of your songs. You , like Elvis, will be remembered always
You WERE SIMPLY THE BEST R.I.P Tina much ❤️ singer
You were simply THE BEST no other will ever replace you ❤️❤️
Oh Tina , the world is a sadder place without you in it. Keep singing and dancing in heaven with the Angels. You are at peace. Your music lives on forever in our hearts and minds. RIP
I remember going to see her. She was absolutely fantastic, and gosh what a fantastic dancer.
Rest in peace beautiful lady. X
One of a kind, the mould broke when you were born. A true star in the real sense of the word. I was privileged to see you in the 90’s and was absolutely blown away.. There will never be another Tina. R.I.P amazing,inspirational lady.
What an absolute legend Tina turner WAS SIMPLY THE BEST!!! Without a doubt. BETTER THAN ALL THE REST.
The world will miss you.
Rest in peace ❤️❤️
R.I.P. Dear Lovely Lady. You will be truly missed. Your Music will live on forever
R.I.P sweet lady. You were one of a kind.
Tina Turner you’re the best
After all you went through now you can rest
In all our hearts you are so dear
Your songs in memory we’ll always hear
Thank you for your zeal and zest
Thank you for being Simply the BEST!!!!
Tina, you gave us heart and soul with your unique music talent,
may you find peace and happiness up there.
This world will never be the same without you in it
You were and always be SIMPLY the BEST.
I saw you in Toronto on your World tour with my sister we never sat through the whole show. It was amazing she was Simply The Best !!! Miss you Tina 🥲❤️
May you rest in peace,Tina
Simply the best but sometimes it is time to rest. She suffered enough.
RIP sweet Tina! You were simply the BEST!!💔💔
You will be missed!!
I have always loved Tina Turner, she was such a strong and beautiful person. I had a friend that was a roadie for her back in the day and he said she was so wonderful, and kind. May she rest in peace now .