Music Icon Ike Turner Dies

Published February 11, 2008

Updated December 13, 2007 -- Ike Turner, rock singer Tina Turner’s infamous ex-husband, died Wednesday in San Marcos, Calif.

He was 76.

"He was definitely a funk visionary," said music writer and cultural critic Greg Tate.  “[You can compare him to] Puffy, Quest Love and Jimi (Hendrix) rolled up into one cat; This cat was in the business before anyone knew there were rules. Not many folks can jump into an emerging market and know what they are doing.”

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No official cause of death has been announced but TMZ.com, which first reported his death, says he might have died in his sleep.

Turner is remembered more as a drug-addicted, abusive husband – as he was memorialized in the 1993 film “What’s Love Got to Do With It” - than a talented guitarist, singer and hit-maker.

This year, Turner, born Izear Luster Turner, won a GRAMMY in the traditional blues album category for his work “Risin With the Blues.”

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Written by BET-Staff

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