The world of music has lost one of its most iconic voices after the passing of singing icon Tina Turner, who died on Wednesday, May 24 at the age of 83.
Turner died peacefully at her home in Switzerland. A statement on her Instagram confirmed her death.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner,” the statement read.
“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow.
“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.”
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Born November 26, 1939, Turner rose from humble beginnings to take her place at centre stage in music history. Her incredible talent and unwavering determination saw her quickly achieve international stardom, leaving an enduring mark on the world of music.
Her path to fame began when she joined Ike Turner’s band as a backup singer. It wasn’t long before her incredible vocal abilities and undeniable stage presence caught the attention of both audiences and the music industry. The duo quickly rose to fame as Ike & Tina Turner, captivating crowds with their electrifying performances that blended rock, soul, and rhythm and blues.
Over time, Turner’s boundless talent demanded recognition in its own right, and her solo career soared to amazing heights. With a signature mix of rock, soul, and blues, she amazed fans worldwide. Hits such as What’s Love Got to Do with It, Private Dancer, and Simply the Best showcased her commanding voice, earning her countless accolades, including numerous Grammy Awards and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Beyond her musical achievements, Turner’s personal life was filled with incredible achievements but was also marked by tremendous challenges. Her marriage to Ike Turner was marred by abuse which she spoke of in her autobiography I, Tina which later served as the basis for the biographical film What’s Love Got to Do with It. Turner’s openness about her experiences shed light on the issue of domestic violence and inspired others to seek help.
As the world mourns the loss of Turner, fans and fellow musicians have offered their heartfelt tributes to the legendary singer while celebrating her immeasurable impact on the world of music.
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger was among the first to honour his “wonderful friend”, telling fans that he “will never forget her”.
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
The words legendary, iconic, diva, and superstar are often overused and yet Tina Turner embodies them all and so many more – an incredible performer, musician and trailblazer. To me, she will always be a survivor and an inspiration to women everywhere. Her music will continue to… pic.twitter.com/ur7djmFHnW
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) May 24, 2023
So deeply sad to hear about Tina Turner’s passing… I loved her version of Proud Mary! It was different and fantastic. I was also so happy because she chose my song and it was her breakthrough record. pic.twitter.com/pH1Qt8u25Y
— John Fogerty (@John_Fogerty) May 24, 2023
Tina Turner: Simply the best.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 24, 2023
I cannot believe what I’m about to say …. RIP #TinaTurner … what sad & shocking news. She was an icon, the Queen of Rock’n’Roll. Her unique worldwide career was the stuff of legends. We will never see her like again. She was Simply The Best! pic.twitter.com/Oz3btYSr5B
— Elaine Paige (@elaine_paige) May 24, 2023
While we mourn the loss of #TinaTurner, let’s celebrate her life and contributions to music. Her legacy will live on through us. ????️ pic.twitter.com/BfIHZW3G7q
— VH1 (@VH1) May 24, 2023
Tina Turner. Icon and Queen of Rock and Roll. A life of triumph and power, in voice, spirit, and impact. May she rest in peace. This one hits hard.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) May 24, 2023
Tina Turner, dead at 83 – it doesn’t seem possible. She seemed like too strong a life force. She overcame…everything. Embodied strength, resilience, beauty, sass, warmth, dignity, TALENT! Along w/so many, I will treasure her music & legacy forever.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) May 24, 2023
I had the pleasure of backing up #TinaTurner when she surprised everyone at Live Aid and hit the stage with @MickJagger. Pure energy, dynamic singer, and one-of-a-kind performer. The music world just lost a true queen of soul ???? J.O. pic.twitter.com/F0VqmZ3zfK
— John Oates (@JohnOates) May 24, 2023
Turner is survived by her husband Erwin Bach and her adopted sons Ike Turner Jr and Michael.
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