Fact Check: NO Evidence That Tina Turner Is Dying From Stomach Cancer And Rejection Of A Kidney

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  • by: Victoria Eavis
Fact Check: NO Evidence That Tina Turner Is Dying From Stomach Cancer And Rejection Of A Kidney Still Rolling

Is singer Tina Turner dying from stomach cancer and rejection of a kidney? No, there are no reliable reports that she is deathly ill. Turner did struggle with intestinal cancer and she underwent a kidney transplant in the past decade, but there is no evidence she is currently suffering from those issues.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post of a photo of Turner (archived here) published on August 11, 2020, with the caption:

Prayers Are Now In Need For The Legendary Singer Tina Turner who is currently losing the Fight Against Stomach Cancer and A Kidney That her Body Is Rejecting.... Please Pray For Tina Turner 🙏

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Aug 20 13:27:16 2020 UTC)

Turner, singer-songwriter and 12-time Grammy award-winner, revealed in her 2018 memoir, "Tina Turner: My Love Story," that she suffered a stroke, fought intestinal cancer, and underwent a kidney transplant during the past decade.

But there is no evidence that Turner is currently suffering from stomach cancer or rejection of a kidney, and neither she nor her representatives have made any statements to that effect.

On her 80th birthday in November, 2019, Turner tweeted a video celebrating her health and she said:

Well, I look great. I feel good. I have gone through some very serious sickness that I am overcoming. So it's like having a second chance at life. I'm happy to be an 80-year-old woman."

In July, 2020, Turner came out of retirement to collaborate with Kygo on a remix of her megahit, "What's Love Got To Do With It."

False claims about Turner's health have cropped up previoiusly -- Snopes wrote a fact-check debunking similar claims in May 2019.

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  Victoria Eavis

Victoria Eavis is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She recently graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. In her last few months at Duke, she was a reporter for a student news site, The 9th Street Journal, that covers the city of Durham, North Carolina. 

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