Tributes have been paid to the late music icon Tina Turner, who passed away aged 83.
Known as the ‘Queen Of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, Turner died peacefully at her home in Zurich, Switzerland aged 83, her representatives confirmed.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow”, a statement read.
“Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly”.
Tina Turner had suffered with health issues over the years. In 2016, the singer was diagnosed with intestinal cancer, and underwent a kidney transplant in 2017.
“A total legend”
Following confirmation of her death, the tributes paid to Tina Turner have come in their droves, with the likes of Elton John, Bryan Adams, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry all paying homage to the late singer among others.
“We have lost one of the world’s most exciting and electric performers”, Elton John wrote via Instagram. “A total legend on record and on stage. She was untouchable. Condolences to Erwin and her family. The saddest news”.
Blondie’s Debbie Harry called Tina Turner a “benefactor of the energy, creativity and talents of Tina Turner”.
“A woman who started in rural Nutbush, TN cotton fields and worked her way to the very top. Tina was a great inspiration to me when I was starting out and remains so to this day. Love you Tina. RIP”.
"I was a benefactor of the energy, creativity and talents of Tina Turner. A woman who started in rural Nutbush, TN cotton fields and worked her way to the very top. Tina was a great inspiration to me when I was starting out and remains so to this day. Love you Tina. RIP.” —DH pic.twitter.com/2sqg0biujc
— Debbie Harry/BLONDIE (@BlondieOfficial) May 24, 2023
Rolling Stones’ lead singer Mick Jagger also paid a moving tribute to her “wonderful friend”.
I’m so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner.
She was truly an enormously talented performer and singer. She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her. pic.twitter.com/TkG5VrdxXO
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) May 24, 2023
Jagger’s bandmate Ronnie Wood also paid homage to Turner, calling her “the Queen Of Rock And Soul and a dear friend to our family”, adding: “Love and prayers to all of Tina’s family, friends and loved ones”.
🙏💕God bless you Tina, the Queen Of Rock And Soul and a dear friend to our family. Love and prayers to all of Tina’s family, friends and loved ones #tinaturner @tinaturner pic.twitter.com/BUNBAdsCKl
— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) May 24, 2023
See more tributes below.
farewell you fabulous woman ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9oZDPymVge
— Kim Wilde (@kimwilde) May 24, 2023
Dreadful news that the wonderful Tina Turner has passed away, I love her music and on stage she was wonderful.She will be sadly missed R.I.P Tina and thanks for the great music you gave us. pic.twitter.com/BlVGATteO3
— Tony Blackburn (@tonyblackburn) May 24, 2023
Tina Turner could perform any song and make it better than it was before. A total star pic.twitter.com/p2ysJ2HPVm
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) May 24, 2023
Really sad to hear this. Rest in eternity Tina Turner . An inspiration, an incredible artist and forever loved . pic.twitter.com/VMWgrGAEzJ
— simone marie (@simonemarie4) May 24, 2023
Tina Turner burst onto the music scene, performing alongside her husband Ike Turner as a musical duo, who released tracks such as ‘River Deep, Mountain High’, and ‘Proud Mary’.
Following years of domestic abuse, Tina left her husband in 1976, and began her solo career.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021, Tina Turner won eight Grammy Awards in her successful career.
Last December, her son Ronnie passed away. More on that here.