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Ike Turner dead at 76




Music legend Ike Turner, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer notorious for his turbulent, abusive marriage to ex Tina Turner, died Wednesday at his home in San Diego at the age of 76. TMZ first reported the death, but there was no cause cited. Turner was one of the first artists credited with making a rock song, Rocket 88, in 1951, and later found fame singing hits like Proud Mary and River Deep, Mountain High with wife Tina. But his drug-addled abuse of the singer -- chronicled in the Oscar-nominated film What's Love Got to Do With It? -- dogged him throughout his career. In a 2001 interview with the Associated Press, Turner denied the allegations of abuse and said his musical legacy has been tarnished. "You can go ask Snoop Dogg or Eminem, you can ask the Rolling Stones or (Eric) Clapton, or you can ask anybody -- anybody, they all know my contribution to music, but it hasn't been in print about what I've done or what I've contributed until now," he said. Earlier this year, Turner won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for his work Risin' With The Blues.

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