Tina Turner, just two months before she passed away, opened up about her condition.
Turner said on her Instagram page on March 9 that she regretted waiting so long to take care of her kidneys and warned her fans that she had put herself in "great danger" by ignoring her high blood pressure.
"Today is International World Kidney Day. Why is it important? Because kidneys fail without pain. And that's why I'm telling you today: Show your kidneys love! They deserve it. My kidneys are victims of my not realising that my high blood pressure should have been treated with conventional medicine," Turner shared in honor of International World Kidney Day March 9. "I have put myself in great danger by refusing to face the reality that I need daily, lifelong therapy with medication. For far too long I believed that my body was an untouchable and indestructible bastion."
In order to understand more about her journey, which entailed dialysis and ultimately an organ donation from her husband Erwin Bach to save her life, Turner then recommended followers to a webpage.
"I have been suffering from hypertension for a long time, got diagnosed in 1978, but didn’t care much about it. I can’t remember ever getting an explanation about what high blood pressure means or how it affects the body. I considered high blood pressure my normal. Hence, I didn’t really try to control it," Turner wrote on the Show Your Kidneys Love website.
"In 1985 a doctor gave me a prescription for pills of which I was supposed to take one a day, and that was it. I didn’t give it any more thought."
The Proud Mary singer continued, describing more health problems over the years, "After suffering a stroke in 2009 because of my poorly controlled hypertension I struggled to get back up on my feet. This is when I first learned that my kidneys didn’t work that well anymore. They had already lost thirty-five percent of their function."