Ike Turner, rock pioneer, ex-husband of Tina Turner dead at 76 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Ike Turner, rock pioneer, ex-husband of Tina Turner dead at 76

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ike Turner, whose role as one of rock's critical architects was overshadowed by his ogre-like image as the man who brutally abused former wife and rock icon Tina Turner, has died. He was 76.

Scott M. Hanover of Thrill Entertainment Group, which managed Turner's musical career, confirms Turner died this morningm (Wednesday) at his home in San Marcos, in northern San Diego County.

Turner, a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, managed to rehabilitate his image somewhat in his later years, touring around the globe with his band the Kings of Rhythm and drawing critical acclaim for his work.

He won a Grammy in 2007 in the traditional blues album category for "Risin' With the Blues."       There was no immediate word on the cause of death.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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