Eerie Tina Turner interview resurfaces after her death: 'My time'

Tina Turner passed away at the age of 83 following a 'long illness'.

Fans of Tina Turner were left heartbroken on Thursday following the news of her passing at 83 at her home in Switzerland following a "long illness".

While the singer's cause of death has not been confirmed, she suffered several health issues over the years, including intestinal cancer, a stroke and kidney failure.

Tina Turner
Tina Turner passed away at the age of 83 following a 'long illness', with an interview of the singer speaking about death resurfacing. Photo: Getty

Following Tina's passing, an interview she gave to the BBC in 2018 has resurfaced, with the singer sharing that she was not afraid of death.


Speaking about her health troubles, the Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll shared she wasn't afraid of death, telling the broadcaster, "Well, if it's time... I felt like I'm in my late 70s, my mother died at 84, my sister died at 74 and I thought maybe this was my time.

"In Buddhism you accept the life and the death. I was ready, I just thought it was my time."

The singer also shared that she had learned of the option of assisted suicide in Switzerland and signed up for it.

"Death is not a problem for me, I really don't mind leaving."

Tina Turner and her long-term partner Erwin Bach
Tina's long-term partner Erwin Bach donated a kidney to her in 2017, leaving the singer feeling better than ever. Photo: Getty

In 2017, her long-term partner Erwin Bach donated a kidney to her, leaving the singer feeling better than ever.

"I'm happier than I've ever been in my life. I'm happier than I ever thought that life would become for me," she said. "So that means that most of my hardships came while I was young and growing up. And in the last days when normally people suffer from old age and sickness my happiness came. I'm really thoroughly happy."

She continued, "I did fall a couple of days ago and broke something so I was in a wheelchair and on crutches so maybe now I'm going through my sick period and I think that will take me through to my 90s.

"I'll be around for a while."

Tina's last-ever interview

Tina gave her last-ever interview to British Vogue, which was published only a few weeks ago.

The singer spoke of how to live a good life in the interview, telling the publication, "My life has been full, but with lots of sad times that I now forgive and strive to forget.

"Maybe that’s the answer: to keep moving forward, to let go, and aim to fill your life with love. That is where I am now and I am grateful."

Tina Turner performing
Tina shared earlier this year that she was 'grateful' for her life. Photo: Getty

Tina's passing was confirmed on her Instagram account with a statement that read: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow.

"Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family.

"Tina, we will miss you dearly."

Tina's legacy

Born Anna Mae Bullock in 1939, the singer rose to fame alongside her first husband Ike Turner in the 1960s and is best known for her hits Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, River Deep, Mountain High and The Best.

She received 12 Grammy Awards throughout her career, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and became the oldest female solo artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 with her song What’s Love Got To Do With It in 1984.

Tina also starred in the 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome alongside Mel Gibson, was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2021, and had her life made into a jukebox musical, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical - which premiered in Sydney just last week.

She is survived by her second husband Erwin Bach, who she married in 2013, and her two children Ike Turner Jr and Michael Turner. Her sons Raymond and Ronnie passed away in 2018 and 2022, respectively.

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