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Tina Turner Left by Her Backbone, Sister Alline

September 16, 2010, 6:25 am GMT

The singer canceled her gigs to be at Alline's side to say goodbye before she passed away in early September.

Tina Turner

Tina Turner is mourning the death of her older sister, who died last week after a battle with illness. The singing legend canceled a string of gigs in Europe so she could rush to Ruby 'Alline' Turner's bedside in California in time to say goodbye, before the 73 year old passed away on September 4.

Alline is credited with helping the 70-year-old superstar escape her abusive relationship with Ike Turner in the 1970s. A source tells the National Enquirer, "Alline has always been Tina's backbone - her rock. And she was right there during the most difficult time in her life, when she was getting beaten up by Ike."

Alline was laid to rest during a service at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood, which was attended by her grieving sister.

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