Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tina Turner's hopeful 80th birthday message after kidney failure and cancer

Music legend Tina Turner has spoken about turning 80 today, saying: “It’s like having a second chance at life.”

The star has had a stellar 60-year career in which she has sold more than 200 million records.

But in recent years the Queen of Rock and Roll has been dogged by ill health including a cancer fight and a kidney transplant.

Tina said: “I’m 80. What do I think? How did I think I would be at 80? Not like this.

“I look great. I feel good. I have gone through some very serious sicknesses that I am overcoming. It’s like having a second chance at life.

“I am happy to be an 80-year-old.”

Tina, whose hits include Simply The Best and What’s Love Got To Do With It, suffered a mild stroke after marrying German music executive Erwin Bach, 63, in 2013 and had to learn to walk again.

Three years later she was diagnosed with kidney failure and ­intestinal cancer.

Doctors treated the cancer by removing part of her intestine, but her kidney problems got worse and she considered assisted suicide.

But then Erwin gave her one of his own kidneys, and Tina had a successful transplant operation in April 2017.

The singer, who now lives in Zurich, Switzerland, opened up about her health battle in a memoir last year.

She said: “I know that my medical adventure is far from over. There’s always another test, another doctor’s appointment or biopsy to get through.

"We’re both still here closer than we ever imagined and that’s cause for ­celebration.”

Tina’s career began in 1958, at the age of 19, in a duo with then-husband Ike Turner.

Success followed with hits including Proud Mary.

She performed her last concert in 2009 and Tina recently revealed she was done with touring.

Tina added: “I got on that plane, I took a deep breath, and I said, ‘It’s over.’

“I really felt like it’s over. And I’m glad it’s over.”