When legendary singer Tina Turner died at the age of 83 following a protracted illness, the world mourned her loss together. Turner died in her home in Kusnacht, Switzerland (close to Zurich), according to a statement released by her spokesperson. Turner, whose career spanned over six decades and included such chart-topping classics as “Proud Mary” and “The Best,” was honored with eight Grammy Awards and a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
There has been an outpouring of condolences from other artists, actresses, and prominent personalities since the news of Turner’s death was announced. Sir Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones, who had a close relationship with Turner and had played onstage with her at Live Aid in 1985, was one among the first to express his sorrow. Jagger spoke about Turner’s skill as a performer and vocalist and how much he had meant to him as a young man in an Instagram post. He thanked her for changing his life forever, recalling her as someone who was encouraging, kind, humorous, and giving.
Even music legend Diana Ross was devastated by the news of Turner’s death. Ross took to Twitter to express her sorrow at the loss of Turner and share a touching photo of the two of them performing together alongside her words of condolence. It was clear from the tweet how much Ross cared for and respected her fellow music great.
Beyoncé, another modern music icon, posted a touching tribute to Turner on her website. She called Turner “her queen” and thanked her endlessly for being an inspiration and for the opportunities she created. Beyoncé praised Turner’s tenacity, fortitude, power, and passion, and she expressed gratitude for the chance to see Turner’s enduring beauty of character.
Turner’s fellow performer, Bryan Adams, paid tribute to him on Twitter. Adams said he would be forever grateful for the time they shared on the road, in the studio, and as friends. He praised her for being an example to millions of people all around the world, for being unafraid to say what she believes, and for giving the world her magnificent voice. Adams closed his homage by capturing Turner’s tremendous effect on his life by referencing their 1984 joint song, “It’s Only Love.”
Tributes continue to flow in from all around the world for this musical giant who has been lost to the world. Fans and fellow musicians alike will always hold dear Tina Turner’s reputation as the Queen of Rock & Roll, her enormous skill, and her indomitable spirit.