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Ike Turner, R&B legend and ex-husband of Tina Turner, dies at 76 - International Herald Tribune

Ike Turner, the rhythm and blues musician, songwriter, bandleader, producer, talent scout and former husband of Tina Turner, died Wednesday at his home in San Marcos, California, a San Diego suburb. He was 76.

His death was announced by Jeanette Bazzell Turner, who married Turner in 1995. She gave no cause of death, but said he had had emphysema.

Turner was best known for discovering Anna Mae Bullock, a teenage singer from Nutbush, Tennessee, whom he renamed Tina Turner. The Ike and Tina Turner Revue had a string of hits in the 1960s before the Turners broke up in 1975. Tina Turner described the relationship as abusive in her autobiography, "I, Tina," which was adapted for the 1993 film "What's Love Got to Do With It?" and made Turner's name synonymous with domestic abuse.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 12:47:25 AM EST
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