She may have grown up in Tennessee – but for the final years of her life, Tina Turner was happily settled in Switzerland.
On Wednesday night, the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll passed away at the age of 83 at her home in Küsnach.
This morning, it was confirmed that the singer died natural causes at home after battling intestinal cancer, four decades of high blood pressure and undergoing a kidney transplant.
After achieving success around the world with hits such as Proud Mary, The Best and What’s Love Got to Do With It, the singer decided to move to the small town outside of Zurich in 1995.
Here FEMAIL reveals what spurred the drastic change in the singer’s jet-setting lifestyle.
Tina Turner pictured performing at London’s O2 in March 2009. The singer passed away at the age of 83 this week
Where did Tina Turner grow up?
Born on November 26, 1939, Tina spent the first few years of her life living in Brownsville, Tennessee.
At the age of 10, Tina had been abandoned by her mother Zelma Bullock – who she later said ‘never loved her’ – followed by her father Floyd a few years later.
Following her parents’ separation, Tina went to live in Nutbush, Tennessee – just 11 miles away from her childhood home.
At the age of 16, the singer relocated to St. Louis, Missouri – where she attended Senior Year at Sumner High School.
During her senior year, Tina met her first husband Ike Turner and the pair went on to form a musical duo.
Where else did Tina live in the US?
In 1976, Tina and Ike separated. It was later brought to light that Tina and Ike’s marriage was filled with manipulation tactics, ploys to gain control over her, and gruesome beatings, which resulted in her suffering from numerous broken bones and even third-degree burns on one occasion – when he poured burning hot coffee on her face.
An aerial view shows the villa of singer and stage performer Tina Turner in Kuesnacht, Switzerland,
Tina Turner’s idyllic home in Swizerland, where she passed away on May 24 at the age of 83 from natural causes
Tina later revealed that she had only $1 to her name following their divorce.
The star relocated to Los Angeles as she figured out her next career move.
Forced to take a cleaning job in order to afford rent, a newly divorced Turner at first took to cabaret shows in Vegas before finding success in the UK with a cover of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together – a surprise hit and her ticket back to mainstream fame.
During this time, Tina reportedly lived in a flat in London’s leafy Notting Hill.
Why did Tina Turner leave the US?
In 1985, Tina met her second husband Erwin Bach – a German music executive – while on tour and began spending more time in Europe.
Speaking in a 1997 TV interview with Larry King, Tina said: ‘Europe has been very supportive of me.’
Neighbours flocked to the gate of the singer’s complex to pay their respects to the musical legend
Grinning ear to ear, the singer, then 60, joked: ‘I’m as big as Madonna in Europe.’
‘I’m as big – in some places – as The Rolling Stones.’
‘I have left America because my success was in another country and my boyfriend was in another country,’ she added, pointing to the popularity of Private Dancer in the UK.
As such, Tina fully renounced her US citizenship and devoting herself totally to her new home across the Atlantic in 2013.
Why did Tina Turner move to Switzerland and how long did she live there for?
For the last 26 years of her life, Tina and Erwin lived in peaceful lake suburbs outside of Zurich.
Tina pictured with her second husband Erwin Bach. She relocated to Europe to be with the German music producer
To begin with, the couple rented a property called Chateau Algonquin.
In 2021, the pair bought their 260,00-square foot, 10-building estate in Küsnach – where Tina spent her final days.
Speaking to ABC News, the town’s mayor Markus Ernst explained was drawn to the sleepy suburb to escape the limelight.
He said: ‘One of the reasons she came to Switzerland was to have a completely normal life.
‘She could go to restaurants without being photographed all the time … in the street, people didn’t stare at her or ask for her autographs.’
After the news of Tina’s passing was announced this week, neighbours flocked to the gates of the couple’s complex to lay flowers.
What other properties did Tina own?
Tina Turner and her husband Erwin Bach purchased the massive 260,000 square foot property for a whopping $76million
An aerial shot of the massive estate situated on Lake Zürich
The 10-building estate includes water features like a private pond, stream, swimming pool and boat deck
What’s more, Tina and Erin also shelled out a whopping $76million for a waterfront estate overlooking Lake Zürich.
The estate, comprised of 10 buildings, was bought by Turner and her German-born husband Erwin Bach as a weekend retreat.
The 260,000-square foot property came complete with water features including a private pond, stream, swimming pool and boat deck.
While many details of the compound remain shrouded in secret, pictures help show the massive scale of the estate.
Turner and Bach had to wait to buy the property until they received official Swiss citizenship due to a law that states nonresidents are unable to purchase property in the country.
Swiss news outlets reported that, when Turner bought the home, tennis superstar Roger Federer had also considered buying the property before settling on a different home in the same community of Staefa Village — outside Zürich.
How did Tina Turner die?
Her representatives confirmed to DailyMail.com that the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll died from natural causes. They announced the sad news of her death on May 24, saying: ‘With her the world loses a music legend and role model.’
Following her death, Turner’s memoir resurfaced – where she admitted she once considered assisted suicide in 2016 before her husband Erwin Bach donated his kidney to her.
The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner died of natural causes. Her death was announced on May 24 but her cause of death was previously unknown
The beloved performer’s death sent shockwaves across the world – with thousands of tributes pouring in for her
She revealed in her memoir that she signed up to an assisted suicide organization as she mentally prepared herself for the possibility of dying.
Turner had discovered her unmanaged high blood pressure had accelerated her kidney damage – and if her body was going to shut down, she started making peace with the idea of death.
Her husband Bach stepped in to donate his kidney to her in 2017.
Tina Turner’s tragic death was announced on May 24 – sending shockwaves across the world – but her cause of death was previously unknown.
Turner was first diagnosed with high blood pressure in 1978, and in 2016 started her battle with intestinal cancer. At the same time, her kidneys were failing, which led to her transplant surgery in 2017.
On April 9 2023, in what are believed to be her final public remarks, she told The Guardian how she hoped the world would remember her – and how she did not fear death.
‘How would you like to be remembered?’ the Guardian asked.
‘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.’