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Ike Turner (1931-2007)

By Wyatt Earp | December 13, 2007

Now, he’s “smackin’ his beyotches” in a better place.

SAN DIEGO, California (AP) — Ike Turner, whose role as one of rock’s critical architects was overshadowed by his ogrelike image as the man who brutally abused former wife Tina Turner, died Wednesday at his home in suburban San Diego. He was 76.

“He did pass away this morning” at his home in San Marcos, said Scott M. Hanover of Thrill Entertainment Group, which managed Turner’s musical career.

There was no immediate word on the cause of death, which was first reported by celebrity Web site

Turner managed to rehabilitate his image somewhat in later years, touring around the globe with his band the Kings of Rhythm and drawing critical acclaim for his work. But his image is forever identified as the drug-addicted, wife-abusing husband of Tina Turner. He was hauntingly portrayed by Laurence Fishburne in the movie “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” based on Tina Turner’s autobiography. (H/

Never one to let her guard down, Tina Turner has chosen her outfit for the funeral . . .

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