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The Smith Center in Las Vegas was already set to host “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical” from June 6-11. Tina Turner performing at the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas on December 30, 1999. (Image: tinaturnerblog.com)

“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow,” an update posted by Turner’s official Facebook site read. Today, we bid farewell to a friend who has left us her greatest gift: her music.

Tina Turner and Ike perform at the Las Vegas Hilton in December 1973. (Image: Las Vegas News Bureau)

Simply the Best

Turner — born Anna Mae Bullock in a segregated Tennessee hospital — made a career of overcoming obstacles. According to a profile in


magazine published after his death from a cocaine overdose on Dec. 12, 2007, Ike began using cocaine during this time. It was during this stint that Ike began using cocaine, according to a profile in

Ebony magazine published following his death from a cocaine overdose on Dec. 12, 2007.The duo also performed at Caesars Palace in May 1971, as the opening act for Johnny Mathis, and at the Las Vegas Hilton in their own residency from Dec. 13-26, 1973.

Let’s (Not) Stay Together

When Turner finally found the courage to break out of the orbit of the man who discovered her, she returned to Caesars Palace to launch a solo career from July 21 to August 2, 1977. She became a star in her 40s, when most women are still confined to oldies concerts. Her hit “What’s Love Got to Do With It” was the best-selling single of 1984, selling more than 2 million copies worldwide.

Turner shared the bill with Elton John as part of two “Millennium Concert” performances they gave Dec. 30-31, 1999 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Turner also performed three concerts in 2000 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. From October 2008 to May 2009, Turner’s 50th Anniversary Tour included 84 concerts across North America and Europe. She won 12 Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on two occasions – once with Ike and again 30 years later. Her career was recognized by the Kennedy Center, and she also became a Swiss citizen in 2005. According to her spokesperson, the cause of death was “a long illness” that was not identified.

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Turner was predeceased by her sons, Ronnie Turner, who died in 2022 at age 62, and Craig Turner, who died in 2018 by suicide.

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