Tina Turner said in her final interview she wanted to be remembered as the Queen of Rock and Roll
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In her final interview, Tina Turner revealed that she wanted to be remembered as the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’.
The legend spoke to the media for the last time during her chat with The Guardian on April 9 before passing away yesterday (May 24).
The Guardian’s Rosanna Greenstreet asked the ‘Nutbush’ singer how she would like to go down in history.
“As the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll. As a woman who showed other women that it is OK to strive for success on their own terms," she replied.
Elsewhere in the interview, Turner was asked who her celebrity crush was, to which she admitted Mick Jagger.
“I loved when we toured with the Rolling Stones,” she told the outlet.
Turner’s publicist announced that the singer had passed away in Switzerland after battling a long illness at the age of 83.
"Tina Turner, the 'Queen of Rock'n Roll' has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland," the statement said.
The American-Swiss musician, born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, entertained millions for over 60 years and has a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St Louis Walk of Fame.
Turner sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.
Along with booming record sales, the singer had 12 Grammy Awards under her belt, including three Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Turner became the first woman to grace the cover of Rolling Stone, and the same publication later ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 1967.
At the time, the publication said of the groundbreaking singer: “Tina Turner is an incredible chick. She comes in this very short miniskirt, way above her knees, with zillions of silver sequins and sparklers pasted on it. Her dancing is completely unrestrained.
“Unlike the polite hand-clapping Motown groups, she and the Ikettes scream, wail and do some fantastic boogaloo. No matter what you may think of the music, Tina Turner is worth sitting down and paying close attention to.”
The singer retired in 2009, and her health had declined in recent years.
In 2016, she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer and had a kidney transplant in 2017.