Tributes paid to ‘queen of rock and soul’ Tina Turner | First Thing

Stars such as Mick Jagger, Elton John and Diana Ross pay tribute to the singer who has died at 83. Plus, how the invasion of Ukraine ‘has fuelled funding boom for clean energy’

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Tina Turner, the pioneering rock’n’roll star who became a pop behemoth in the 1980s, has died aged 83 after a long illness. An outpouring of tributes has emerged online following the announcement.

When did her career start? In the 1960s with her abusive husband Ike Turner. After two decades of working with him, she struck out alone and – after a few false starts – became one of the defining pop icons of the 1980s with the album Private Dancer. Her life was chronicled in three memoirs, a biopic, a jukebox musical, and in 2021, the acclaimed documentary film, Tina. Read her obituary here.

What was the cause of death? It’s unclear but she had suffered ill health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.

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