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Tina: Haven't Talked to Ike in 35 Years

12/12/2007 8:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Tina Turner's rep issued the following statement about the death of the music legend's former husband Ike.

"Tina is aware that Ike passed away earlier today," the rep told TMZ. "She has not had any contact with him in 35 years. No further comment will be made."

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16.

Speedmonkey.net    

he beat tina, but i guess he couldn't beat death..

2423 days ago
17.

Ike & Tina Fanatic    

Tina definitely made the right choice. Why release a statement with fake sentiments? Ike had never owned up to how sick and abusive he was, but he was right about one thing: he had legendary influence on Rock & Roll, and soul - and without him we would not have the Tina we know today. So while he battled demons, was a hypocrite, and a wife beater, I still think of the music and say RIP.

2423 days ago
18.

nataliec    

WHAT DID EVERYONE EXPECT TINA TO RUN TO HIS AIDE..HELL THE MAN MADE HER LIFE HELL AND NOW HE'S IN HELL!!!

2423 days ago
19.

CELEBS HAS NO COMMON SENSE OR DO THEY PAY IN FULL CASH    



IT'S TRUE TINA PUT UP WITH ALOT OF IKE B/S / AND BEATINGS .

HORRIBLE ..............

2423 days ago
20.

obama 08    

@ JJJ,
People like you we DO NOT NEED. You will get whats coming to you and just maybe sooner then you think.

Have a nice day....

2423 days ago
21.

Julian    

Ike was a talented musician. But lets face it: Most people have forgotten about him. If some do remember him, it's because of the brutality that he heaped on his wife. When she left that drug addict, his children later came to live with her. The son he had before he met her. He was a total brute because he was probably never completely sober or without drugs in his system. Too bad he died before admitting his guilt. He will have to answer for all that he has done as do we all.

2423 days ago
22.

Uncle Ashtray    

Too bad Ike couldn't take Phil Spector with him. Talk about TRUE 'Duets' for the Grammy's.

Sadly, some radio stations across the USA will have kind words for him and I'm SURE there will be tributes to him also.

I heard he died last week, but the police couldn't respond in time. They probably thought it was "another" domestic violence call from his home. The Coroner showed up immediately when called though.

2423 days ago
23.

StarrStruck    

She's probably happy to see him go.

2423 days ago
24.

cari    

The officil divorce date may be later than when they actually had contact. was much harder to get it done back then. and he probably fought it in court. hence the apparent discrepancy.

2423 days ago
25.

Mo Fo    

It is a sad day when anyone passes and certainly when it is one of Rock n Rolls Pioneers. I'm sure that Ike learned about life like most of us by just living it day after day. His story is just 1 of millions of wife beaters out there and it was only amplified because of his status. There are ingnorant people all over this nation who are beating their wives and girlfriends and they should know better in todays world but they don't. Let Ike Rest In Peace and may he join the rest in Heavens Band.......... Thanks for the music Ike Turner you made me smile on the days your music played on the radio when I was a child!

2423 days ago
26.

Ash    

35 years....they divorced in 1978 and seperated in 1976..how is that 35 years

2423 days ago
27.

MaryMac    

12-I'm guessing that it probably took that long to finalize the divorce...not sure???

2423 days ago
28.

PJ    

Ike was not the bad guy they made him out to be. I am from Saint Louis and used to go see them when they first started out, at the Manhatten club on the east side.
IMHO Ike was the real Star.

2423 days ago
29.

sirco    

#32
oops! looks like I hit a little close to your home

2423 days ago
30.

sirco    

@JJJ

you da man

2423 days ago
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