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Statement on the Death of Tina Turner

May 24, 2023

Before she was the "Queen of Rock and Roll," Tina Turner was a farmer's daughter in Tennessee. As a child, she sang in the church choir before becoming one of the most successful recording artists of all time.

With 12 Grammy Awards, she was the only woman to win in the pop, rock, and R&B categories, a signal of her versatility, creativity, and broad appeal. Millions flocked to her concerts. Her high-octane dance performances were legendary. And her iconic hits—including "Proud Mary," "The Best," "What's Love Got To Do With It"—continue to be treasured, and sung at full volume, by generations of fans.

In addition to being a once-in-a-generation talent that changed American music forever, Tina's personal strength was remarkable. Overcoming adversity, and even abuse, she built a career for the ages and a life and legacy that were entirely hers.

Jill and I send our love and prayers to her husband Erwin, the rest of the Turner family, and fans around the world who are mourning today for the woman they agree was "simply the best."

NOTE: The statement referred to Erwin Bach, husband of Ms. Turner.

Joseph R. Biden, Statement on the Death of Tina Turner Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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