'Queen of Rock 'n' Roll' Tina Turner passed away at the age of 83.

Tina Turner, the American-born singer who rose from a hardscrabble agricultural village and an abusive relationship to become one of the greatest recording artists of all time,

died on Wednesday at the age of 83. Her spokesman says she died quietly at home in Küsnacht, near Zurich, Switzerland, following a protracted illness.

Turner began her career in the 1950s, during the early years of rock 'n' roll, and blossomed into an MTV phenomenon.

Turner embodied 1980s style in the video for her chart-topping song "What's Love Got to Do with It," in which she termed love a "second-hand emotion," 

as she strolled through New York City streets with her spiky blond hair, cropped jean jacket, little skirt, and stiletto heels.

Turner's passion for musical experimentation and bluntly written ballads fit in perfectly with a 1980s pop scene in which music consumers preferred electronically created sounds and despised hippie-era idealism.

Turner, also known as the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll," won six of her eight Grammy Awards in the 1980s. During that decade,

she had a dozen Top 40 hits, including "Typical Male," "The Best," "Private Dancer," and "Better Be Good to Me."