“Physical strength in a woman – that’s what I am.”

And indeed she was.  Last week saw the passing of longtime entertainer Tina Turner, known for her “explosive power” onstage as well as off.  Her death has been attributed to “longtime illness,” though she had a stroke in recent years and was known to be struggling with a kidney disease.  In a world dominated by #13 FCIR and #1 FEAR performers, Turner was a unique #5 FEIR.

In true #5 fashion, Tina once said, “I’m self-made. I always wanted to make myself a better person, because I was not educated. But that was my dream – to have class.”   Like many #5s, Tina was a rebel with class, reminiscent of Cher, or Madonna, who paved their own way intro stardom with an edgy tone.  Turner, however, who started in the 1950s, was among the first to come along with an “innovative fusion of old-fashioned soul singing and new wave synth-pop.”  When she was a child, a performer let her sing during a break, and  was immediately mesmerized.   “He couldn’t believe that voice coming out of this frail little body.”

Of course, the rest is now history, and Turner will go down as one of the greatest performers of all time.  Even till the end, she maintained a young-at-heart attitude.  “I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I’m not old yet!”  Tina Turner was 83 years old.

Written by: Staff