Tina Turner Credit: AP

Music icon Tina Turner passed away at the age of 83 on Wednesday.

The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer lived a legendary life as she rose from humble beginnings in Tennessee to becoming one of the music industry’s most iconic singers and performers.

Dubbed the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Turner is one of the most successful best-selling musicians of all time. She sold over 100 million records worldwide and racked up a dozen Grammys in her illustrious career. In 1991, she was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. She was also inducted once again in 2021 and became a two-time inductee.

She made history in 1967 when she became the first female and the first Black artist to ever grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Her most famed song may be “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” The song peaked at No. 1 on the charts in 1984 and stands alone as the only No. 1 hit she recorded on the United States music charts. But she was not short on hits, either. “Better Be Good to Me,” “Private Dancer,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome),” “The Best,” and “Typical Male” are among her greatest hits.

Reactions from her death were felt all the world over. That included the sports world, as several posted tributes on Twitter.

The Tennessee Titans paid tribute to Tina Turner. “R.I.P. to the Queen of Rock & Roll and Tennessee native, Tina Turner. Simply the Best,” they tweeted.

Yahoo! Sports fondly remembered Turner’s pregame performance at Super Bowl 34.

New York Mets radio voice Howie Rose left a tribute as well. “Linked together forever,” Rose tweeted with pictures of Tina Turner and the great Mark Messier. “RIP Tina Turner. Simply the Best.”

Ashley Nicole Moss of the I Am Athlete podcast said, “One of one. A trailblazer. A queen. RIP Tina Turner.”

Former WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair tweeted, “RIP Queen,” with a photo of Tina Turner included.


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