26607611.jpg US soul legend Ike Turner, the former husband of Tina Turner, has died at the age of 76. He died at his home near San Diego, California. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.

He rose to fame in the 1960s, and is best remembered for his musical partnership and stormy marriage with Tina Turner. She said he abused her, but he somewhat rehabilitated his image in his later years, winning a Grammy in 2007. “Ike Turner passed away this morning. He was at his home,” said Scott Hanover, an official at the performer’s management company.

Turner, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is credited by many music historians with making the first rock ‘n’ roll record in 1951. Turner was also known as a prolific session guitarist and piano player. After marrying Tina Turner in 1959, the pair produced a string of hits, including A Fool In Love, It’s Gonna Work Out Fine, and River Deep Mountain High.

[Source: BBC News]

Clutch would like to send our condolences to the Turner family.

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