Music legend Tina Turner’s cause of death has been confirmed.
The 83-year-old died “peacefully” at her home in Kusnacht near Zurich in Switzerland on Wednesday 24 May.
But behind the scenes, the music legend had been battling high blood pressure and kidney failure.
And now her representative has confirmed that she died of natural causes, according to the Daily Mail.
It comes after reports that Tina was so ill she was ready to end her life until her husband Erwin Bach, 67, donated a kidney so she could have a transplant in 2017.
Tina had started making arrangements and signed up to assisted suicide group Exit before compatibility tests made a donation from her husband possible.
Erwin fully recovered from the operation but Tina had to continue taking strong doses of immunosuppressants.
Her faithful husband’s kind donation sadly wasn’t enough and Tina spent her last months feeling “nauseous and dizzy” as she was on “multiple prescriptions”‘ and “was scared a lot”.
Tina bravely opened up about her terrifying struggle with the “silent killer” of kidney disease before her death.
In her final months, Tina admitted she had refused to take conventional medicine for her hypertension and put herself “at great danger” by turning to homeopathic cures.
“I considered my body an invulnerable and indestructible bastion for way too long,” she told Show your Kidneys Love.
Tina suffered from hypertension (high blood pressure) for decades and was diagnosed in 1978 but admitted she “didn’t care much about it” and in 1985 she was put on daily medication.
It wasn’t until Tina suffered a stroke in 2009 because of her high blood pressure that she discovered her kidneys were suffering and had already lost 35 percent of their function.
Tina continued to take medication to control her high blood pressure but she became convinced the pills were making her worse.
“With time I developed a fatal dislike of these pills,” she said. “I remembered relishing life before I started taking them and wished I could be as clear headed and energetic as I used to be.”
A friend suggested she try a homeopathic doctor in France and she quickly replaced all of her conventional medication with homeopathic remedies – without seeking advice from her doctors.
“Rarely in my life had I been so wrong,” she said.
Tina’s uncontrolled high blood pressure wreaked havoc on her kidneys and her kidney disease reached its final stage.
“Thanks to my naivety I had ended up at the point where it was about life or death,” she said.
Tina was put on dialysis for nine months to survive.
“It was my only option, but it was depressing to be connected to a machine for hours,” she said.
Luckily her husband Erwin offered to donate one of his kidneys and Tina underwent a kidney transplant in 2017.
But that wasn’t the end of her struggles as her body tried to reject the donor kidney and she spent months in and out of hospital before passing away.
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