Music pioneer Ike Turner's death last month at age 76 was caused by a cocaine overdose, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office. "We are listing that he abused cocaine, and that's what resulted in the cocaine toxicity," said Paul Parker, chief investigator at the medical examiner's office. The medical examiner's office also listed hypertensive cardiovascular disease and pulmonary emphysema as "significant and contributing factors" to Turner's death, Parker said. Turner, whose musical accomplishments were overshadowed by his image as the man who brutally abused former wife Tina Turner, died Dec. 12 after years of drug abuse.
R&B/Soul legend Ike Turner, the former husband of Tina Turner, has died at the age of 76. "Ike Turner passed away this morning. He was at his home," said Scott Hanover, an official at the performer's management company. Turner died at his home San Diego, California. There was no immediate word on the cause of death. He rose to fame in the 1960s, and is best remembered for his musical partnership and stormy marriage with Tina Turner, who said he abused her. In later years he rehabilitated his image and won his second Grammy in February for Risin' with the Blues. He shared his only other Grammy with Tina Turner in 1972 for their cover of Proud Mary. Michele Schweitzer, a spokeswoman for his former wife, said: "Tina is aware that Ike passed away earlier today. "She has not had any contact with him in 35 years. No further comment will be made." Turner, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is credited by many music historians with making the first rock 'n' roll record, Rocket 88, in 1951. Turner was also known as a prolific session guitarist and piano player. After marrying Tina Turner in 1959, the pair produced a string of hits, including “A Fool In Love” and “It's Gonna Work Out Fine.” In 2001, Turner denied his ex-wife's claims that he abused her and expressed frustration that he had been demonised in the media.
R&B Music legend Ike Turner (real name Izear Luster Turner) said he holds no grudge against St. Louis' mayor for a decision not to issue a City Hall proclamation in his honor. Yahoo reports that Mayor Francis Slay has turned down a request from organizers of the Big Muddy Blues Festival to make Sept. 2 "Ike Turner Day." Turner, 75, is scheduled to perform that day at the blues festival in St. Louis. Turner says he never asked for the honor. He notes he already has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame, and said he doesn't worry about whether he's given those honors. "I just care about making people happy in the audience," he said. Turner has attributed many problems off the stage to his drug and alcohol addiction and intense use of cocaine, resulting in his abusive behavior and relationship with his wife and children. In his 2001 autobiography, Turner admitted that he had hit his former wife, Tina Turner, but said the movie depiction is what hurt his career. "All I can say, and I would say this only to her, is `I'm sorry,'" he told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch in Sunday's edition. "But I can't undo yesterday. I don't owe anybody else that." The mayor suggested, through a spokesman, that Ike Turner could visit a St. Louis center that provides services to domestic violence victims to call attention to the issue. Ike is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2001 was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.