Ike Turner died on December 12th, aged 76. He was one of the most influential figures in the history of R&B, but unfortunately is probably known best for the tales of drugs and domestic violence that came out in his ex-wife Tina’s autobiography (and later, film). While not condoning for a second his actions, it always seemed a little unfair that he was singled out (largely due to his wife being a pop superstar) when many others with similar, or worse, records of violence and abuse have managed to sweep theirs under the carpet. William Burroughs, for example, shot his wife dead (and spent 13 days in jail for it). Didn’t harm his reputation any. James Brown had a pretty shameful record of domestic violence which is usually glossed over.
Endabuse.org has a “Celebrity Hall of Shame” which makes sobering reading (and yes, Ike is in there – I’m not defending him).
There’s a full obituary here.