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US soul legend Ike Turner has died aged 76    2007-12-13 07:01:53    

The 'River Deep Mountain High' singer died at his San Diego home yesterday morning (12.12.07). The cause of death has not yet been reported.
The 'River Deep Mountain High' singer died at his San Diego home yesterday morning (12.12.07). The cause of death has not yet been reported.

Scott M. Hanover of Turner's management group Thrill Entertainment Group said yesterday: "He did pass away this morning."

The legendary musician was married four times, most famously to singer Tina Turner. The couple met in 1958 and were together for twenty years, during which time they performed as a duo.

Tina later revealed Ike beat her during their marriage.

Tina's representative said: "Tina hasn't had any contact with Ike in more than 30 years. No further comment will be made."

Ike, whose career spanned half a century, said in an interview with Jet magazine earlier this year: "If I owe anybody an apology that would be Tina. I put her through hell with other women. I regret it today, but I can't undo it."

Ike made what most music critics believe was the first rock 'n' roll record ever, 'Rocket 88', in March 1951.

He had four children - Ike Jr., Michael, Ronald and Mia.

Ike and Tina were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

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