On Wednesday evening, Swedish time, the news came that Tina Turner had died at her home in Switzerland at the age of 83.
Now the Daily Mail is reporting that Tina Turner died of natural causes.
The music legend had been ill for a long time and she had suffered from high blood pressure for forty years.
“My kidneys are victims of not realizing that my high blood pressure needed to be treated with conventional medicine. I have put myself in danger by refusing to face the reality that I need daily, lifelong treatment with medication and physical therapy. For far too long, I thought my body was an inaccessible and indestructible barricade,” Tina Turner wrote on Instagram in March.
Now her friend and world star Cher talks about Turner’s last days in the program “The beat with Ari Melber”.
– She fought the disease for a long time and she was so strong, just as you thought she would be. But towards the end, she said to me, “I’m actually done, I can’t take this anymore,” says Cher.
She also says that the friends took turns visiting Tina Turner at her home in Switzerland. She herself was there a week before Turner passed away.
– She was very happy about it. We had a lot of fun even though she was so sick and didn’t want people to know how bad it was. She had her dialysis machine at home, that was how she coped with life.
Severe kidney problems
In her biography, Tina Turner has previously told about the difficult time when she realized that her kidneys had taken a beating due to the high blood pressure. Kidney capacity was 35 percent for Tina Turner and later dropped to five percent.
The world star contacted an assisted suicide clinic to prepare in case the body shut down, according to USA Today.
But instead her husband Erwin Bach, 67, donated his one kidney to Tina Turner. She then wondered if people would think her husband did it for reasons other than love.
“Even though we had been together for a long time, there were still people out there who thought Erwin married me for my money and fame,” Turner writes in her biography, according to the magazine.
Tina Turner’s own words about the stroke
It was in 1978 that the world star was diagnosed with high blood pressure and in 2016 she learned that she suffered from an early stage of bowel cancer. At the same time, her kidneys began to fail and it was in 2017 that she underwent the transplant.
The high blood pressure also affected her heart muscle – which grew, according to the Daily Mail.
In 2013, Tina Turner suffered a stroke.
“I woke up suddenly in a panic. Lightning struck my head and my right leg. At least that’s how it felt and I had a strange taste in my mouth and I had a hard time calling Erwin for help. I suspected it was not good, but it was worse than I could have ever imagined, I had had a stroke,” writes the artist in the biography, according to USA today.
Turner was rushed to the hospital where it was determined that she could not stand. She stayed in the hospital for ten days before she was allowed to go home – but the recovery was far from easy, according to her.
In April this year, Tina Turner did what is believed to be her last interview. Then she told how she wants to be remembered after her death.
– Like the queen of Rock’n’roll. As a woman who showed other women that it’s okay to fight for success on your own terms, she told The Guardian at the time.
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