Ike Turner


Age: 76

musician and rock 'n' roll pioneer whose achievements as one of the founding fathers of the music were overshadowed by ex-wife Tina Turner's claims that he was a cocaine addict and regularly beat her for almost 20 years who was portrayed by actor Laurence Fishburne in the 1993 movie What's Love Got to Do with It based on Tina's autobiography, but who had arguably invented rock 'n' roll with his 1951 song Rocket 88 and enjoyed huge fame in the 1960's and 1970's as the mastermind behind the rhythm-and-blues revue Ike & Tina Turner that dazzled audiences with spirited performances of such songs as Proud Mary and River Deep Mountain High, whose cocaine addiction worsened after the couple's 1975 breakup (he began a 17-month prison term in 1989) and who won his first Grammy in 35 years in February 2007 for an acclaimed blues album Risin' with the Blues after years of obscurity.

Cause of Death: Cocaine overdose

Born: November 5, 1931

Died: December 12, 2007

San Marcos, California