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Tina Turner considered assisted suicide, but her husband helped her to die a natural death

by | May 30, 2023

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Tina Turner
Photo: Philip Spittle (CC BY 2.0)

Editor’s note. Alex Schadenberg and Wesley J. Smith are teaming up to address the American and Canadian experience with euthanasia and assisted suicide at the 2023 National Right to Life Convention. For more information, go to

Tina Turner died a natural death on Wednesday May 24, but in her memoir: “Tina Turner: My Love Story,” Turner explains that in December 2016 she signed up with the Swiss assisted suicide group Exit. reported on May 25 that:

The ‘Simply the Best’ icon, who passed away aged 83 on Wednesday (24.05.23) from natural causes at her home in Küsnach near Zurich, Switzerland, after years of health woes, thought about euthanasia before her music producer husband Erwin Bach, 67, donated his kidney to her.

Crowrivermedia continued:

She said in her memoir ‘Tina Turner: My Love Story’: “By December 2016, my kidneys were at a new low of 20 per cent and plunging rapidly.

“And I faced two choices: either regular dialysis or a kidney transplant.

“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. If my kidneys were going, and it was time for me to die, I could accept that. It was OK. When it’s time, it’s really time.

“I didn’t mind the thought of dying, but I was concerned about how I would go.”

The Crowrivermedia explains that Tina Turner’s husband, Erwin Back, told her that he didn’t want to lose her, he didn’t want her to die. The report states:

It was at that point her husband offered her a kidney, with the donation taking place in 2017.

Tina added:

“He said he didn’t want another woman, or another life; we were happy and he’d do anything to keep us together.

“Then he shocked me. He said that he wanted to give me one of his kidneys. I was overwhelmed by the enormity of his offer.

“But because I love him, my first response was to try to talk him out of taking such a serious and irreversible step.”

“While I was understandably anxious about the transplant, I was far more concerned about him. After about an hour, it was my turn.

“When I awoke, I was so groggy that everything… the best moment was when Erwin came rolling into my room in his wheelchair.”

Tina Turner’s story is similar to many other stories. Many people ask for assisted suicide because they don’t want to be a burden on others, or they are afraid of future suffering.

When Back told Turner that he loved her and he wanted to her to live, and then offered her one of his kidney’s, he affirmed his love for her, he assured her that she had a reason to live.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Mr. Alex Schadenberg blog and is reposted with permission.

Categories: Assisted Suicide