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Celebrities Pay Tribute To Singer-Songwriter Tina Turner

Hollywood stars mourn the loss of the iconic rock ‘n’ roll musician, who passed away at 83

“Queen of Rock ‘N’ Roll” and American-born singer-songwriter Tina Turner died at 83 years old earlier today (Philippine Standard Time). According to her publicist Bernard Doherty, the global icon had a peaceful passing in her Switzerland home after battling a long illness. “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model,” Bernard said in his statement. “There will be a private funeral ceremony attended by close friends and family. Please respect the privacy of her family at this difficult time.”

With more than six decades of musical career under her belt, Tina has indeed one of the longest career tracks in rock music. She was born in 1939, and rose to stardom in the ’60s as the other half of the electrifying Ike and Tina Turner duo. The industry multi-hyphenate has been living in Switzerland since 1994, and got married again to German actor and music producer Erwin Bach. In 2013, she finally earned her Swiss citizenship. 

Known for her undisputed stage presence and signature voice, Tina Turner has won a total of eight Grammy Awards in her lifetime, is a three-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductee, and a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. In the ’70s, she launched a solo act that led her to becoming one of the most prolific and highest-selling female music artists. In the 1980s, she was racking up records with her hits “Private Dancer,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero, and “What’s Love Got to Do With It.

Following Tina’s “Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which ran from 2008 to 2009, she eventually retired from the entertainment orbit to lead a quiet life with her husband Erwin. In March 2021, an HBO documentary film about Tina and her life was then released, where she opened up about the untold details of her private life, her marital issues with former husband Ike Turner, and her personal and professional struggles.

Indeed, Tina’s passing is an immense loss to the world and to his family and friends. In fact, the cyberworld was flooded with tributes left and right as the news of her death broke.

Scroll down to read the warm tributes of her fellow musicians and entertainers:

1. Actress and Golden Globes awardee Angela Bassett took to Instagram to express her appreciation of Tina Turner.

2. Renowned English singer and songwriter Mick Jagger posted on Twitter, saying that he was deeply saddened by the news.

3. American actor and filmmaker Forest Whitaker honored Tina in a tweet, referring to her as a resilient spirit who inspired us with her gifts. “You’re simply the best,” he worded.

4. Television personality and host Oprah Winfrey took her time to describe Tina’s impact in her life and wrote about her in length. “She encouraged a part of me I didn’t know existed,” Oprah’s statement goes.

5. Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama also honored the legendary musician and penned a short yet striking message.

6. Seasoned Hollywood star Halle Berry waxed nostalgic about her first brush with Tina and shared a photo of them huddled in a group.

7. American singer and all-around performer Mariah Carey used words like “legendary,” “iconic,” and “superstar” to describe the late rock ‘n’ roll sensation.

8. Award-winning singer Christina Aguilera took to Instagram, sharing a photo of her wearing a shirt with Tina Turner’s photo. Deeply saddened by the news, she captioned her post, “Her powerful voice and strength will forever be etched in our hearts and memories. She paved the way for so many of us in the music industry and her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.”

9. World-class author Stephen King, on the other hand, chose to put it out plainly in his tweet

10. International singer and rapper Nicki Minaj showed her deepest sympathies, too.

11. “I love you endlessly,” Beyoncé posted on her website, grateful for Tina’s dedication in her craft and all that she has done.

Lead photos by Peter Lindbergh via @tinaturner

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