Queen of Rock Tina Turner Dead at 83

Tina Turner
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A  stage performer who couldn’t imagine “doing both the Park and a performance in one day” shook the stage with Cher, the Gypsy Kings, and Gloria Estefan a the April 1992 opening of Disney’s new theme Park: Disneyland Paris.

No one expected her vibrant voice and fringe-lined dance moves to collide with a Disney project, but 12-time Grammy winner, Tina Turner, didn’t shy away from the Mouse’s stage. Not only did the music legend rock the Disney scene at the ’92 performance, but she also belted one of Disney’s most underrated songs, “He Lives in You,” from 1998’s Rhythm of the Pride Lands.

In addition to the Lion King sequel, Turner had a hand in the soundtrack for a Disney musical alongside Elton John—later to become Aida. Most recently, Disney’s Cruella (2021) showcased some of Turner’s hit songs.

With great sadness, we learned in a breaking news report from Rolling Stone that the Queen of Rock, Tina Turner, passed away at 83 after a long illness.

Tina Turner’s Storied Career

The American-born and naturalized Swiss singer spent 60 years in the spotlight, releasing hit songs like “Proud Mary” (1970), “What’s Love Got to Do With It” (1984), “Private Dancer” (1984), and “The Best” (1989). A two-time inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—first with Ike Turner (1991), then as a solo artist (2021)—Turner has long reigned as the Queen of Rock.

Tina Turner Performs

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Portrayed by Hollywood royalty Angela Bassett in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993) and immortalized in the HBO Documentary Tina (2021), Turner was a fiery, tenacious woman who overcame the odds both on and off stage.

With 40 Billboard hits, three Grammy Hall of Fame prizes, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement trophy, it’s safe to say the hall-of-famer’s music and infectious persona will always live in the hearts of her fans.

Tina Turner Stage

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Details of the cause of Turner’s death have yet to be released. She passed away in her home at Lake Zurich in Switzerland and is survived by her second husband, German music executive Erwin Bach.

About Kaitlin Morelli

A Disney World Guest since before she could walk, Kaitlin is a Jersey girl and former Virginia Tech Hokie. When she's not listening to the 'Moana' soundtrack on repeat with her baby daughter, she's writing, singing, and strumming the ukulele. Kaitlin is passionate about finding the best Disney Park tips n' tricks and moments when pop culture and Disney collide. She's looking forward to eventually taking her first Disney trip with her favorite fan in the making: her daughter.

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