Tina Turner Reveals Secret Kidney Transplant After Being Near-Death / Husband Served As Donor

Published: Saturday 6th Oct 2018 by Sam

As musical treasures go, few shine as as bright as the legendary Tina Turner.

However, in a shocking revelation, she has revealed that her light was on the verge of dimming. For, she suffered life-threatening kidney failure that was so debilitating that she considered assisted suicide.

Full story, including how her husband’s heroic actions helped turn things around, below…

The 78-year-old lifts the lid on her heath battle in her new book ‘My Love Story.’

Due October 18th, the page-turner is being serialised in the Daily Mail and it comes with a number of shocking – and, until now, secret – truths.

The icon believed she was on the road to better health after beating intestinal cancer and an earlier stroke – and then doctors diagnosed the condition.

She explained:

“By December 2016, my kidneys were at 20% and plunging rapidly. I faced two choices: either regular dialysis or a kidney transplant. Only the transplant would give me a good chance of a near-normal life. But the chances of getting a donor kidney were remote.”

Based in Switzerland, where the nation’s donor rate is one of Europe’s lowest, the diva faced the reality of likely never reaching the apex of the lengthy waiting-list.

Dialysis was arranged by her team of docs, but Tina refused, saying:

“I’m not living on a machine.”

She added…

“It wasn’t my idea of life. But the toxins in my body had started taking over. I couldn’t eat. I was surviving but not living. I began to think about death.”

The ‘Proud Mary’ performer went on to share that she had begun to make preparations for her demise and even signed up to assisted suicide group Exit.

At this point, this is when reality of the matter begun to sink in to her longtime partner Erin Bach. Turner revealed:

“He said he didn’t want another woman, or another life. Then he shocked me. He said he wanted to give me one of his kidneys.”

Despite a series of possible complications (principally related to earlier heart damage the diva had experienced due to high blood pressure), the transplant procedure was successfully completed on April 7th 2017.

Recalling the moment she woke up, she gleefully recalled when Erwin rolled into her room in a wheelchair and saying: “Hi, darling!”

62-year-old Erwin, who is an entrepreneur, has recovered fully. However, but Tina must continue to take immunosuppressants to support her rehabilitation.

Nonetheless, she asserts her happiness, beaming:

“I’m still here. We’re both still here, closer than we ever imagined.”


Shocked as we are to learn of her various hardships, we’re elated to still have this force of a woman still here – adding new chapters of success to her narrative.

She continues to live quite the life and is the embodiment of being a superstar and a survivor.

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[Photo credit: Getty]

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  1. DanYiel Iman October 6, 2018

    Wow that’s awesome ??

  2. NOYB October 6, 2018

    So she’s human and has issues like the rest of us. So shady blogs and wendy can leave Tina alone (in reference to that picture). Wow that’s amazing that you can live overseas and have that much privacy where the media doesn’t even know you’re near death.

  3. Rico October 6, 2018

    Tina ,being put on a wait list for a kidney ??!! Really?!!! I guess she didn’t want to use her power and money . There would be a miles long of people willing and ready to offer her a kidney or any body parts at anytime .

  4. I HATE WHYYTE N BLACCK BITCHEZZZZ both not ish October 6, 2018

    Wow tina… I know she moved out of the United States for a better life.., I too considered moving cuz the people in the United States are very ignorant.. and base everything off of how you look .. she may have just had to travel back to the United States for proper Medical Care. Thank God for her husband

  5. JOHNVIDAL October 6, 2018

    Absolutely REAL legend. AnORIGINAL. We have lost many greats these last few years, but when Tina is not here anymore I´ll truly miss her. Truly. Aretha and others are greats obviously too. But Tina does it for me, just like Whitney did. Her death will mean as much to me as Whitney´s. It´s a whole life experiencing her talent on a regular basis. I will cherish her performances forever. Concert in Barcelona in 1990 from youtube is everything, at 50. Absolutely irreplaceable. The best female performer EVER. Real uniqueness.

    • I HATE WHYYTE N BLACCK BITCHEZZZZ both not ish October 6, 2018

      and when she does die. .Do not get Beyoncé to play the role , Angela basset did magic please do remake Tina into a thief

  6. The Legendary Mrs. Jasmine October 6, 2018

    I love me some Tina Turner. She truly is ‘Simply The Best’ Rock star of all time! Her talent is huge and her star power is huge.

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